The coronavirus pandemic created a lasting impact on people all over the world. The Canadian immigration system has also suffered a setback because of the travel restrictions that have been imposed in order to restrict the spread of the virus. This unanticipated crisis has led to the postponement of the launch date of the Agri-Food Immigration Pilot. Canada planned to launch this new Canadian immigration pilot for foreign candidates working in the agri-food industry. But the government is trying its best to fight the spread of the coronavirus at the moment, and the priorities have shifted.
Many foreign workers had been looking forward to this pilot, and the delay definitely comes as a blow. However, they can comfort themselves with the thought that the pilot has only been rescheduled.
According to the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), the people who are working on their application at the moment will face delays as they try to procure all the necessary supporting documentation. The organizations that provide documents like official language proficiency and proof of education have either suspended or cut back their services temporarily because of COVID-19.
What is the Agri-Food Immigration Pilot?
The Agri-Food Immigration Pilot will last for three years and provide support to non-seasonal foreign workers who help to maintain Canada’s food supply. Eligible candidates must have a year of full-time work experience, and a job offer in the specified industries.
The Agri-Food Immigration Pilot will now open to applicants from 15th May 2020. It will be in operation until 14th May 2023. Initially, the pilot was scheduled to begin accepting applications from the 30th of March. This pilot will serve as a gateway to permanent residence for foreign workers in the country’s agri-food sector. The pilot will specifically target the mushroom and meat production industries.