New Express Entry Immigration Category for Agriculture

by | Sep 27, 2023 | Business, Policy

The following piece is from our sister publication, Spud Smart.

A new category for those working in agriculture and agri-food occupations has been added to Canada’s Express Entry immigration program, a Sept. 27 news release said. The first round of invitations for agriculture and agri-food occupations through category-based selection in Express Entry will occur this week.

“Addressing labour shortages is crucial to maintain the sector’s ability to produce and process food at this scale for Canadians and export markets around the world. This is an exciting step toward welcoming more skilled farm and food workers to our country,” Marc Miller, Canadian minister of immigration, refugees and citizenship, said in the release.

The release noted the focus is on candidates with experience in the agriculture and agri-food sector — including agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors, and retail and wholesale butchers. This will help the agriculture sector to attract the skilled talent it needs.

The category-based selection rounds will continue throughout the year, alongside general and program-specific invitation rounds, the release said.

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