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The Agri-Food Pilot program addresses the labor needs of Canada’s agri-food sector, offering a pathway to permanent residence for experienced, non-seasonal workers in specific industries and occupations. Applications are accepted until May 14, 2025, and notable changes were implemented on February 10, 2024, providing increased flexibility for applicants residing in Canada during the application process.

Eligibility criteria for the Agri-Food Pilot include holding an eligible job offer, with the choice to meet either job offer or educational requirements for those residing in Canada. Educational requirements involve having a Canadian high school diploma or an educational credential assessment (ECA) report from a designated organization. Work experience demands at least 1 year of cumulative, non-seasonal, full-time work in the past 3 years, gained through specific work permits.

Language proficiency requirements mandate applicants to meet Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) or Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC) Level 4 in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Proof of funds is required to settle in Canada, with applicants needing to demonstrate financial capability unless already working in the country. The program imposes annual application limits, processing a maximum of 2,750 applications on a first-come, first-served basis starting each year on January 1st.

Applying involves ensuring eligibility, completing online applications, paying fees, and submitting necessary documents. Post-application, the process includes biometrics, medical exams, and regular updates on application status. Successful applicants receive a Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) and, if outside Canada, a permanent resident visa. Unsuccessful applicants receive detailed explanations for refusal and may reapply, meeting eligibility criteria and annual occupational caps. Overall, the Agri-Food Pilot provides a structured and accessible avenue for skilled workers to contribute to and settle in Canada’s vibrant agri-food sector.

You can also explore other immigration pathways more suited to each particular situation. All of our fees and packages are also available! 

Book a consultation today to discuss your eligibility and take your first step towards living and working in Canada. Let us guide you through the Agri-Food Program and turn your Canadian dream into a reality.

Recent draws

DRAW DATE

Feb 16, 2024

PROGRAM(S)

Agriculture and agri-food occupations

INVITATIONS ISSUED

150

LOWEST SCORE

437

Latest Updates

  • Application are being accepted until May 14, 2025 as of now.

The following changes are introduced as of February 10, 2024:

  • Applicants who reside in Canada when they submit their application may now choose to meet either the job offer requirement or the educational requirement
  • Work experience gained under an open work permit for vulnerable foreign workers may now be counted towards the work experience requirement

Program Timeline

Eligibility Check:

Before starting the application process, ensure you meet all eligibility requirements for the Agri-Food Pilot. Check factors such as job offers, education, work experience, language proficiency, and settlement funds.

Online Application Submission:

Complete and submit your application online through the permanent residence portal. Follow the detailed instructions in the Instruction Guide (IMM 0117) and provide all necessary forms, documents, and fees.

Biometrics and Processing:


After submitting your application, be prepared to undergo biometrics (fingerprints and photo) if you’re between 14 and 79 years old. The processing includes verification of eligibility, required documentation, and, if necessary, additional requests for information.

Decision and Post-Application Steps:


Once your application is processed, you’ll receive a decision based on eligibility criteria and admissibility. If approved, pay the right of permanent residence fee, and you’ll either receive a Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) by mail (for those outside Canada) or an electronic COPR (e-COPR) uploaded to the Permanent Residence Portal (for those already in Canada).

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$4000
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Initial Consultation Credit
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Secure Online Client Portal
Consultations - As Required
Online, Phone & Email Support
EOI, All Forms & Supporting Letters
Personalized Document Checklist
Representative's Submission Letter
Commission of Forms & Declarations
Full Post-Submission Support
Two Payment Instalments
Discounted Add-Ons: Adding Spouse/Partner (+$1,000); Adding Child (+$500); Status Extension/Restoration Per Applicant (+$500)
Consultation
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One-Time Consultation
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Review of Documents, Forms, Eligibility and/or Case-Specific Questions During Consultation
In-Office / Online / Phone
Up to 15-min Session - $85
Up to 30-min Session - $135
Up to 1-hour Session - $200
Eligibility Assessment Only - $50 (Not Available for All Programs)
Review Before Consultation
Personalized Document Checklist
Completion of Forms
Writing Letters

The Agri-Food Pilot is a program addressing labor needs in the Canadian agri-food sector. It’s for experienced, non-seasonal workers in specific industries. It offers a pathway to permanent residence for those with a job offer in eligible occupations.

Yes, if you’re in Canada, you may choose to meet either the job offer or educational requirement. However, residing outside Canada requires meeting both job offer and educational requirements.

Eligible industries include meat product manufacturing, greenhouse and floriculture production, animal production (excluding aquaculture), and more. Specific occupations are listed under the National Occupational Classification (NOC) code for each industry.

You need at least one year of cumulative, non-seasonal, full-time work in the past three years in eligible occupations. This can be gained through an open work permit for vulnerable workers or a work permit based on a labor market impact assessment (LMIA).

You must prove your ability in English or French with a minimum Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) or Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC) Level 4 in reading, writing, speaking, and listening.

Yes, your family members can apply for open work permits, allowing them to join you in Canada and work while your permanent residence application is processed.

Yes, there’s an annual limit of 2,750 applications. Processing is on a first-come, first-served basis starting on January 1 each year.

After submission, you may be asked for biometrics, medical exams, or additional documents. The processing time involves eligibility checks, and you’ll receive updates through your online account.

In case of refusal, you have the option to reapply by submitting a new application, ensuring you meet eligibility criteria and admissibility requirements. Refusal reasons will be communicated in a letter.

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