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Canada Extends the Agri-Food Pilot and Lifts Occupational Cap

By Casey May 10, 2023 2 min. read

On May 8th, 2023, Immigration Minister Sean Fraser stated that the Agri-Food Pilot Program will now operate until May 14, 2025. The pilot was established to aid with the transition of skilled agricultural and food industry professionals to permanent residence in Canada.

The Minister also declared that the annual occupational caps would be lifted. According to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), lifting these restrictions will allow more qualified people to apply. By the end of the year, IRCC will also make more modifications. The department will gradually implement fresh adjustments to the pilot, such as:

What Is the Agri-Food Immigration Pilot Program?

The Agri-Food Immigration Pilot Program in Canada was created in 2020 with the goal of assisting in the reduction of labor shortages in the meat processing, mushroom and greenhouse production, and livestock-raising industries.

When it was first launched, IRCC stated that it will admit up to 2,750 principle applicants plus their family members per year for the next three years.

The pilot’s application deadline was expected to end on May 14, 2023.

According to recent job vacancy data from February 2023, there are over 243,000 individuals engaged in the Agriculture, Hunting, Fishing, and Forestry sector in Canada, with over 14,000 open positions. The COVID-19 epidemic wreaked havoc on the industry, causing factory closures, market fluctuations, and supply chain delays.

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