Canada’s government has launched plans for a pilot program to attract and retain experienced non-seasonal workers. The program would provide foreign workers an opportunity to become permanent residents of Canada.
The pilot will test an industry-specific approach to help address the labor needs of the agri-food sector. Temporary foreign workers will be able to apply for the pilot in early 2020. A maximum of 2,750 principal applicants, plus family members, will be accepted for processing in any given year, according to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. That represents about 16,500 possible new permanent residents in the three-year duration of the pilot. The agriculture and agri-food industry supports one in eight jobs across Canada.