Canada’s Agri-Food Pilot Implements New Changes Starting February 2024

Canada's Agri-Food Pilot Implements New Changes Starting February 2024

What are the two significant changes to the Canada Agri-Food Pilot for permanent residency (PR) introduced in February 2024?

  1. Applicants residing in Canada during the application process can now fulfill either the job offer or educational requirement.
  2. Vulnerable foreign workers will have their work experience under an open work permit credited towards meeting the work experience criteria by the IRCC.

In addition, previous adjustments introduced in August 2023 include permitting open work permits for family members of Agri-Food pilot applicants and accepting union reference letters as an alternative to employer reference letters for demonstrating work experience.

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Eligibility Criteria for the Canada Agri-Food Pilot

Work experience requirement:

  • Accumulate at least one year of cumulative, non-seasonal, full-time experience within the past three years (equivalent to 1,560 hours over 52 weeks).
  • The experience must be in one or more qualifying agri-food jobs within relevant industries.
  • This experience should have been acquired through a minimum 12-month LMIA-based work visa.

Job Offer:

Education Requirement:

Settlement Funds:

Residency Status:

Language Proficiency:

Canada Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SAWP)

Eligible occupations for the Agri-Food Pilot

What makes the Agri-Food Pilot stand out?

Applicants for this pilot program are only required to achieve CLB level 4 in either English or French, which is the minimum requirement in language exams like IELTS, CELPIP, TEF, or TCF.

For those who studied outside of Canada, an educational credential assessment (ECA) report from a recognized organization or professional body is necessary, confirming completion of a foreign credential at the secondary school level or higher.

In closing, the impending changes to Canada’s Agri-Food Pilot Program mark a pivotal moment in the country’s immigration landscape. As we look ahead to February 2024, these updates promise to streamline pathways to permanent residency for eligible candidates while bolstering the agricultural sector with skilled labor and innovation. With a focus on adaptability and inclusivity, these changes signify Canada’s ongoing commitment to fostering growth and sustainability within its agri-food industry.

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