Hire a temporary foreign agricultural worker

You can only hire a temporary foreign agricultural worker in occupations and activities related to primary agriculture.

Primary agriculture

Primary agriculture is defined as work duties that must:

  • be performed within the boundaries of a farm, nursery or greenhouse
  • involve at least one activity, such as:
    • operation of agricultural machinery
    • boarding, care, breeding, sanitation or other handling of animals, other than fish, for the purpose of obtaining raw animal products for market
    • collection, handling and assessment of those raw products, or the planting, care, harvesting or preparation of crops, trees, sod or other plants for market
  • be consistent with one of these National Occupational Classification codes: 0821, 0822, 8252, 8255, 8431, 8432, and 8611

Hire a temporary foreign agricultural worker

You can hire a temporary foreign agricultural worker under one of the following streams:

Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program

  • temporary foreign worker must be from Mexico or the participating Caribbean countries
  • production must be included on the National Commodities List

Agricultural stream

  • temporary foreign worker can be from any country
  • production must be included on the National Commodities List

Stream for high-wage positions

  • production is not included on the National Commodities List
  • temporary foreign worker can be hired for any high-wage agricultural position

Stream for low-wage positions

  • production is not included on the National Commodities List
  • temporary foreign worker can be hired for a low-wage agricultural position

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