Agri food immigration pilot program
The Canadian government is going to launch new immigration pilot. It will help to open a pathway for workers in the agriculture and food sector to become permanent residents. Newly planned agri-food immigration pilot project will deal with labor shortages in agri-food industries.
According to the federal budget, the three-year immigration pilot will start later in 2019. The pilot targets “full-time, non-seasonal agricultural workers”.
The new agri-food pilot will benefit the candidates who are already in Canada on temporary work permits.
The new immigration pilot will help both agriculture employers and foreign workers. Agriculture employers are more likely willing to keep their employees. On the other hand, foreign workers will have access to more of the social programs they help pay for through taxation.
The country’s economy benefits from agriculture and agri-food system, the latter contributing $111 billion annually.
However, the details of the newly announced pilot have yet to be announced by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
The agri-food worker pilot is going to follow a similar design to its recently introduced predecessors: the Atlantic Immigration Pilot and The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot.