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Canada’s Latest Express Entry Draw: 600 ITAs for Agriculture and Agri-Food Occupations

Austin Campbell



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Canada’s IRCC just held its first Express Entry draw for agriculture and agri-food occupations, inviting 600 candidates. This move aims to attract skilled talent to the sector, which is a key player in the $92.8 billion global agriculture and food product export market. This is the third draw this week, with the previous two targeting French-speaking proficiency and an all-program draw with different CRS score requirements.

Canada’s immigration policies have adapted to meet changing labor market needs. IRCC plays a leading role, making Canada appealing to skilled workers, particularly in agriculture and agri-food sectors.

Milestone: First Agriculture and Agri-Food Occupations Draw #267 Key Highlights

In the most recent Express Entry draw #267, which took place on September 28, 2023, a total of 600 candidates were invited. Notably, this draw targeted the Agriculture and Agri-food Occupations category, and the minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score required for an invitation was 354.

The latest Express Entry invitation round targeted individuals who possess a minimum of 6 months of experience in one of the following occupations:

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82031 – Contractors and supervisors specializing in landscaping, grounds maintenance, and horticulture services.
82030 – Agricultural service contractors and farm supervisors.
63201 – Butchers working in both retail and wholesale settings.


This draw is noteworthy for its emphasis on the agriculture and agri-food sector, a cornerstone of Canada’s economy. The tie-breaking rule for this draw was established on June 12, 2023, at 10:23:21 UTC, enabling the prioritization of candidates with identical CRS scores.

Express Entry Streamlined for Agriculture and Agri-Food

Canada’s Express Entry system is now finely tuned to attract individuals with expertise in vital fields, such as agriculture and agri-food. This tailored approach responds to labor shortages and economic needs. This category-based selection process will run alongside general and program-specific invitation rounds, demonstrating Canada’s commitment to attracting global talent and supporting the economy in this sector.

To be eligible for Agriculture and agri-food occupations, candidates must have at least 6 months of relevant work experience in a single occupation listed in the provided table within the past 3 years, whether gained in Canada or abroad. Additional requirements apply as specified in each round.

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Category-Based Draws Explained

Category-Based Express Entry Draws focus on specific types of candidates with occupations in demand. Rather than competing with candidates from all walks of life, you compete within your category. The Category-Based Draws ensure equal opportunities for candidates in different fields, acknowledging Canada’s diverse labor market needs. By focusing on specific occupation categories, candidates compete within their niche, whether it’s healthcare, technology, or construction, increasing their chances of securing an ITA.

Canada’s IRCC decision for category-based Express Entry draws in agriculture and agri-food sectors underscores its commitment to welcoming skilled professionals. This innovative approach offers a special chance for agri-experts to call Canada home. Stay informed, prepare well, and boost your chances for a permanent residence invitation.

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