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Navigating Canada's Agri-Food Pilot Program: Opportunities and Insights

Agri-Food Pilot Program

Canada's Agri-Food Pilot Program is an exciting initiative that offers a pathway to permanent residence for workers in the agricultural sector. This program, designed to address labor shortages in specific industries, has been extended until May 14, 2025, providing ample opportunities for eligible candidates.

Understanding the Agri-Food Pilot Program

The Agri-Food Pilot Program is designed to attract skilled workers in eligible industries such as meat product manufacturing, greenhouse, nursery and floriculture production, and various animal production sectors. The program focuses on full-time, non-seasonal work, and candidates must show eligible work experience in these industries.

Eligible Industries and Occupations

The program includes a variety of eligible industries and occupations, such as:

  • Meat product manufacturing, including roles like butchers, meat cutters, and industrial butchers.

  • Greenhouse, nursery, and floriculture production, including specialized livestock workers and harvesting laborers.

  • Animal production, including cattle ranching, hog and pig farming, poultry and egg production, and more.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the Agri-Food Pilot Program, candidates must meet specific requirements, including:

  • At least 1 year of full-time, non-seasonal work experience in eligible occupations.

  • A genuine job offer in an eligible occupation.

  • Meeting language requirements in English or French at Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) Level 4.

  • Educational requirements of a Canadian high school diploma or equivalent foreign credential.

  • Proof of settlement funds, unless already working in Canada with a valid work permit.

Application Process

As of October 14, 2022, applications must be submitted online. The application package includes various digital forms and PDF forms, along with specific documents from the employer. Applicants must also comply with biometric requirements and pay the necessary fees.

Opportunities and Challenges

The Agri-Food Pilot Program presents a unique opportunity for skilled workers in the agricultural sector to secure permanent residence in Canada. However, the application process can be complex, and understanding the specific requirements is crucial for success.


The Agri-Food Pilot Program is a promising pathway for those looking to build a future in Canada's vibrant agricultural sector. If you're considering this opportunity, Mesidor Canadian Immigration Services is here to guide you through the process. With our expertise and commitment to excellence, we can help you navigate the complexities of the Agri-Food Pilot Program. Contact us today to explore your options and take the first step towards your Canadian dream.


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