The government of Canada has announced the commencement of 3 new economic immigration pilot programs that will fill labour shortages. These are in the Agri-Food industry, particularly in meat processing and mushroom production. These are part of Canada’s ambitious export goals. The country is committed to attracting the best talent from all around the world to fill skill and labour shortages, drive local economies, and create and support middle-class jobs in communities across the country that will benefit all Canadians citizens and Permanent Residents alike.
The agriculture and agriculture-related food industry is an important contributor to Canada’s economic growth. Statistics from the past year shows that 1 in 8 jobs across the country is in the Agri-Food industry. Agricultural exports hit a new record in 2018, reaching $66.2 billion.
The prime industries in the area, namely meat processing and mushroom production, is currently experiencing difficulty in finding and keeping new employees. The new pilot programs will not only help the government fill labour shortages, but also help applicants by allowing them to easily become Permanent Residents.
“The new Agri-Food pilot program,” said the honourable Ahmed Hussain, Canada’s mister for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, “is another example of how immigration is helping to grow local economies and creating jobs for Canadians.”
The Agri-Food Immigration Pilot complements Canada’s economic immigration strategy, which includes the Atlantic Immigration Pilot, the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot, the Global Skills Strategy, a revitalized Express Entry and an expanded array of Provincial Nominee Programs.
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