The expected Canadian immigration program from 2019 to now is the Agri-food AFIP Pilot Agriculture Food Program that has been officially launched to help foreign workers come to work and become permanent residents. The Government of Canada has begun to accept applications to join the program.
The AFIP pilot program aims to address the employment needs of Canadian employers in meat processing, mushroom production, greenhouse cultivation and livestock industries. People who are already in Canada working in these areas on a temporary visa can apply for permanent residence under the new pilot program.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is expected to welcome 2,750 main applicants plus their family members each year during the three years of pilot program implementation. According to the IRCC media release, the program application is accepted from now until May 14, 2023.
Canadian employers in the agricultural food sector have called on the federal government to help them recruit and maintain the workforce needed to run the business. The planned launch date of the AFIP pilot program is scheduled for late March but has been delayed due to the global coronavirus pandemic. However, the Canadian government has worked hard to overcome the aftermath of the disease in the country's economy as well as to bring immigration programs back into orbit according to the original plan.
AFIP is now a program that provides options for temporary foreign workers (TFWs) with agricultural work experience to obtain permanent residency.
The Agricultural Food Immigration Pilot does not include Quebec as it has its own immigration system. However, Quebec employers who employ temporary non-seasonal workers may benefit from a two-year labor market impact assessment (LMIA) license, as part of the program. AFIP pilot, as long as the national Occupational Classification (NOC) code of eligible workers. After that, workers can register for permanent residence in Quebec through the Quebec Experience Program (PEQ).
Agriculture and agri-food industry support one of the eight main jobs in the country. In 2019, Canadian agricultural exports hit a record of $67 billion.
"Attracting and retaining talented workers is essential to helping our economic growth and improving the standard living of all Canadians" - Canadian Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino, said in the announcement.
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