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Latest Express Entry Draw #278 Invites 400 in Agriculture and Agri-Food Occupations

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Express Entry Draw #278

The latest news in Canadian immigration is Express Entry Draw #278 announced, inviting 400 skilled candidates in the Agriculture and Agri-food Occupations category. This draw shows Canada’s untapped potential in the agriculture sector by opening up opportunities through this latest Category-based selection draw. It’s an important move by the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to fill job gaps and make the agri-food industry even better.

Express Entry Draw #278 Highlights

  • Date of Draw: December 21, 2023 at 14:15:42 UTC
  • Number of Invitations Issued: 400
  • CRS Requirement: 386
  • Occupations Targeted: Agriculture and agri-food occupations (2023-1)
  • Tie-breaking rule: July 06, 2023 at 05:44:14 UTC

In 2023, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has been quite active, extending a noteworthy 110,266 Invitations to Apply (ITAs). This marks a significant rise from the 45,115 invitations handed out throughout the entire year of 2022.

Adding a bit of historical context, the exceptional year of 2021 witnessed a record-breaking 114,431 ITAs, surpassing the previous high of 107,350 achieved in 2020. This remarkable accomplishment is not just a statistical surge; it’s a will to the nation’s ongoing dedication to attracting the best and the brightest from around the world.

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Agriculture and Agri-Food Jobs Draws in Canadian Immigration

  • On September 28, Draw #267 issued 600 ITAs to candidates with a minimum CRS of 354, signaling the initiation of category-based selection.
  • Today’s draw, the 278th, continues the trend, selecting 400 candidates with a minimum CRS of 386 from specific occupations within the Express Entry pool.

Eligibility Criteria for Agriculture and Agri-Food Occupations

To qualify for this category, candidates must:

  • Accumulate a minimum of 6 months of full-time, continuous work experience in a single occupation listed in the table within the past 3 years.
  • The experience can be gained in Canada or abroad.
  • Fulfill all requirements specified in the instructions for each round.

IRCC’s Approach to Agri-Food Labor Shortages

The Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) rolled out the category-based selection system on May 31, 2023. This visionary move is designed to draw in skilled workers specializing in agriculture and agri-food occupations.

The objective is clear: address labor shortages head-on and elevate Canada’s economic standing through immigration. This strategic initiative marks a turning point in how Canada approaches workforce challenges in the agri-food sector.

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Targeting Skilled Talent to Power Agricultural Growth

The focus is on attracting candidates with experience in various sectors, including:

Occupations2021 NOC Code
Contractors and supervisors82031
Agricultural service contractors and farm supervisors82030
Butchers – retail and wholesale63201

These category-based selection rounds, with all-program-specific invitations, mark a monumental step in addressing the escalating demand for skilled talent nationwide. Participate in the future of Canadian immigration with the latest Express Entry draw, welcoming skilled professionals to contribute to the flourishing agri-food sector.

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