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
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:
2021 NOC Code
Contractors and supervisors, landscaping, grounds maintenance and horticulture services
Agricultural service contractors and farm supervisors
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:
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) occupations
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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