Agri-Food Pilot: Eligible industries and occupations

National Occupational Classification 2021

On November 16, 2022, we're is switching to the 2021 version of the National Occupational Classification (NOC).

  • Use this page if you will submit your application on or before November 15, 2022.
  • Use the NOC 2021 page if you will submit your application on or after November 16, 2022.

To apply to the Agri-Food Pilot, you need to

Eligible industries

Industries are classified by the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). You can see specific industry definitions by searching the industry codes below on the NAICS website.

Your employer needs to include the industry code in your job offer.

Eligible industries under the pilot are:

Eligible occupations

Occupations are classified by the National Occupational Classification (NOC) code. You can see the duties for each occupation by searching the National Occupational Classification website.

Eligible jobs for each eligible industry are listed below.

For meat product manufacturing (NAICS 3116), eligible jobs are

For greenhouse, nursery and floriculture production, including mushroom production (NAICS 1114), eligible jobs are

For animal production, excluding aquaculture (NAICS 1121, 1122, 1123, 1124 and 1129), eligible jobs are

Application limits by eligible occupation

There are annual limits on the number of applications that will be processed for each eligible occupation.

Starting on January 1 of each year, applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. This pilot will last for 3 years.

Annual limits

Eligible occupation Number of applications accepted per year
Farm supervisor or specialized livestock worker (NOC B 8252) 50
Industrial butcher (NOC C 9462) or retail butcher (NOC B 6331) 1470
Food processing labourer (NOC D 9617) 730
General farm worker (NOC C 8431) 200
Harvesting labourer (NOC D 8611) 300

If your application is rejected because the annual limit for your occupation category has been reached, we’ll refund your application fees.

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