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.


  1. Hey budz, I have met plenty of Canadians who have questionable standards (or simply a lack of understanding) of hygiene – your comment is grossly ethnocentric. The Canadian employers should be enforcing standards of health and safety, as well as provide training on these matters. Their employees’ origin is irrelevant.

    I think this is wonderful – there plenty of people willing to put the work in to become residents here; just like many of our ancestors did. This reflects the fact that there are loads of jobs here that Canadians aren’t willing to do and yet, we complain about food prices and immigration. We will benefit greatly from not just the added numbers in the workforce, but the diversity of its people.

  2. look at how well the somalians worked out for maple leaf. I’m all in favor of immigration but maybe from countries that have a slightest clue about cleanliness might be a good starting point

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