Hire a temporary foreign worker through the Agricultural Stream: Overview

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1. Overview

The Agricultural Stream allows employers to hire Temporary Foreign Workers (TFWs) for a maximum period of 24 months when Canadians and permanent residents are not available.

To qualify for this stream, employers must meet 2 criteria:

  1. production must be in specific commodity sectors, and
  2. the activity must be related to on-farm primary agriculture

Note: Employers hiring temporary foreign workers (TFW) under the Agricultural Stream in Quebec must consult the information provided by the ministère de l'Immigration, de la Diversité et de l’Inclusion (French only). There are some variations to the requirements and the process that must be followed in this province.

National commodity list

  • apiary products
  • fruits, vegetables (including canning/processing of these products if grown on the farm)
  • mushrooms
  • flowers
  • nursery-grown trees including Christmas trees, greenhouses/nurseries
  • pedigreed canola seed
  • sod
  • tobacco
  • bovine
  • dairy
  • duck
  • horse
  • mink
  • poultry
  • sheep
  • swine
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