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In a bid to attract skilled talent in the agriculture and agri-food sector, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has issued 600 invitations to apply (ITAs) in the first-ever category-based Express Entry draw. Candidates with experience in agricultural service contracting, farm supervision, and retail and wholesale butchery were required to score a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 354.

The agriculture and agri-food industry is a crucial sector in Canada, having exported nearly $92.8 billion in agriculture and food products globally in 2022. The focus on this sector in the draw will help it attract the skilled talent it needs across the country.

Yesterday, September 27, saw 500 candidates with a minimum CRS of 472 invited from the French-speaking proficiency category, while on September 26, 3,000 candidates were invited in an all-program draw with a minimum CRS of 504. Today’s draw marks the third Express Entry draw of the week.

Targeted Express Entry Draw for Agriculture and Agri-food occupations

  • Express Entry Round: #267
  • Draw Type: Agriculture and agri-food occupations
  • Draw Date:  September 28, 2023
  • CRS Cut-off Score: 354
  • No. of invitations: 600
  • Tie-breaking rule: June 12, 2023

Targeted Express Entry for Agriculture and Agri-food Occupations

Individuals working in agriculture-related professions who meet specific economic objectives established by the Minister can apply for Targeted Express Entry. Eligibility for this draw, as well as any other category-based Express Entry draw, requires qualification for one of three pertinent Canadian immigration programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSW), the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), and the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FST).

Occupations that pertain to agriculture and agri-food are those that have a direct link to the production of food and the farming industry. The roles in these occupations comprise activities like farming, crop cultivation, livestock handling, food production, and distribution. The eligible occupations falling under this category are listed below.

The eligible occupations for the Targeted Express Entry Draw for Agriculture and agri-food occupations are as follows:

Occupations2021 NOC Code
Contractors and supervisors, landscaping, grounds maintenance and horticulture services82031
Agricultural service contractors and farm supervisors82030
Butchers- retail and wholesale63201
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Eligibility Requirements for Targeted Express Entry Draw in 2023

The Canadian Immigration Minister, Sean Fraser, recently announced that the country’s immigration system has established specific categories for category-based selection. This development comes after the passing of Bill C-19 in June, which has now become law and laid out the categories.

This important step allows the minister to invite immigrants based on specific attributes, such as language proficiency or work experience, rather than relying solely on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. The selected categories for category-based selection are as follows:

The chosen categories for category-based selection are as follows:

  • French-language proficiency
  • Healthcare Occupations
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) occupations
  • Skilled Trade occupations
  • Transport occupations (including Truck Drivers)
  • Agriculture and agri-food occupations

You must also meet all the eligibility requirements for one of the three economic immigration programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Canadian Experience Class, or the Federal Skilled Trades Program.

DateDraw TypeInvitationsCRS Cut-off Score
February 1, 2024French language proficiency7,000365
December 21, 2023Agriculture and agri-food occupations400386
December 20, 2023Transport Occupations670435
December 19, 2023Trade occupations1,000425
December 8, 2023STEM occupations5,900481
December 7, 2023French language proficiency1000470
October 26, 2023Health Occupations3,600431
October 25, 2023French language proficiency300486
September 28, 2023Agriculture and agri-food occupations600354
September 27, 2023French language proficiency500472
September 20, 2023Transport Occupations1,000435
August 3, 2023Trade Occupations1,500388
August 2, 2023French Language Proficiency800435
July 12, 2023French Language Proficiency3,800375
July 7, 2023French Language Proficiency2,300439
July 6, 2023Health Occupations1,500463
July 5, 2023STEM Occupations500486
June 28, 2023Health Occupations500476
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Need Help?

If you’re in the agriculture or agri-food industry and are considering a move to Canada, our team can help make your dream a reality. Led by Mr. Keshav Sharma, a highly regarded Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC), we provide expert guidance and assistance throughout the Canadian immigration process.

For a limited time, eligible candidates in the Targeted Express Entry pool can take advantage of our all-encompassing services for CAD $999. Our tailored package includes:

  • Submission of a complete and accurate Express Entry profile and/or PNP Expression of Interest
  • Support with preparing documents in advance in anticipation of receiving an ITA
  • One-on-one ZOOM appointment with an RCIC to discuss your personalized case
  • On-going support from an RCIC throughout the process and even after

Begin your journey towards fulfilling your dream of living and working in Canada by contacting us here or scheduling a consultation with us today.

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