IRCC has launched a new, 3-year, economic pilot program to attract and retain labour for Canadian businesses. The Agri-Food Immigration Pilot aims to help meat processors and mushroom producers attract and retain skilled workers by providing them with the opportunity to become permanent residents.

The Agri-Food Immigration Pilot is testing an industry-specific approach to attract and retain other agri food sector workers with Canadian work experience in key occupations. Temporary foreign workers with more than 12 months of Canadian work experience in certain occupations will be able to apply under this pilot program as of 2020.

The Agri-Food Immigration Pilot complements the Atlantic Immigration Pilot, the Provincial Nominee Program and the recently launched Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot.

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