The Canadian Immigration department has announced a three-year immigration pilot program to support the growth of Canada's agri-food sector.
The budget released March 19 stated, “To help the agri-food sector meet Canada’s ambitious export targets and attract and retain needed labour, the federal government will launch a three-year immigration pilot to bring in full time, non-seasonal agricultural workers that will include a pathway to permanent residency.”
The Canadian Meat Council (CMC) supports the federal government’s plans. In an update, CMC says it has been requesting 2,750 immigration spots to fill meat packers, meat processors and equipment supplier positions that are not filled by the Canadian labour market.
According to the ‘Agri-Food Economic Strategy Table,' there is an alarming need to address the immediate labour shortages facing the agriculture sector and to utilize Canada’s permanent immigration and temporary foreign worker programs to attract workers across various skill levels.
Canada's Agriculture and Agri-food system contributes $111 billion to the economy annually and $304 million per day. Thus, the federal government is planning to boost the economy by inviting migrant to meet the labour demand.
The federal government’s immigration division, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has yet to announce details on the pilot.
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