Experienced, non-seasonal international workers with suitable job offers in the agri-food industry of Canada will be retained below the new PR pathway named Agri-Food Immigration Pilot.
The government of Canada told the industry exported a record CAD 66.2 billion in products in the previous year and supported 1 in 8 jobs over the country, but industries such as processing of meat and mushroom production have experienced continuing difficulty in obtaining and retaining new employees.
Currently, international workers below the Canadian Temporary Foreign Worker program only get limited-term work permits and have no permanent residency pathway.
Temporary international workers who are qualified for permanent residence below the Agri-Food Immigration Pilot cover retail butchers, food processing laborers, industrial butchers, harvesting laborers for year-round greenhouse crop production and mushroom production, and general farmworkers. Others cover workers for year-round greenhouse crop production, mushroom production, and livestock raising farmworkers, specialized livestock workers, and supervisors for meat processing.
A maximum of 2,750 candidates will be chosen for processing every year below the three-year pilot. Refugees, Immigration, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) told the program could greet about 16,500 new permanent residents, along with their family members, to the country throughout the pilot's three-year term.
Temporary international workers who come to this nation and work hard in choosing permanent jobs need to have a fair and reasonable opportunity to become a permanent resident of Canada regardless of the position they are filling, said Rodger Cuzner, Canada's Minister of Employment, Labor and Workforce Development Parliamentary Secretary.
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