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New immigration pilot will offer permanent residency to migrant farm workers

OTTAWA – The Liberal government is launching a new three-year immigration experiment that aims to help fill labour shortages in Canada’s agri-food sector.

Over the last several years, industries such as meat processing and mushroom farming have relied on seasonal temporary foreign workers due to labour shortages, even though the work is not seasonal. This new pilot program, which is to begin in 2020, aims to attract and retain migrant workers by giving them an opportunity to become permanent residents.

Currently, migrant farm workers who come to Canada through the program for seasonal agricultural workers are only given limited-term work permits and do not have a pathway to permanent residency.

Under this new pilot, temporary foreign farm workers will be able to apply for permanent residency after 12 months and, if they’re approved, will also be allowed to bring their families to Canada.

Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau says Canadian farmers and food processors need a reliable workforce to be successful and this pilot will help employers to have better access to the workers they need to get the job done.


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2 Comments » for New immigration pilot will offer permanent residency to migrant farm workers
  1. Janice Staniec says:

    Isn’t such a program going to cause a problem for the producers who require seasonal employees? Won’t the majority of the available workers be trying for the ‘permanent’ positions rather than the seasonal ones?

  2. Mary Mouck says:

    Is there any plan to include seasonal workers ( those who come for eg. six to eight months) ? The fact that they have been recalled to the same place of employment for years demonstrates

    – 1. that due to a shortage of Canadian workers available, they are needed.
    – 2. that their work ethic has been such that their employer wants
    them to return

    I feel that they should be given an opportunity to be a part of our great nation.

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