Agri-Food Pilot: Eligible industries and occupations

National Occupational Classification 2021

On November 16, 2022, we switched to the 2021 version of the National Occupational Classification (NOC).

Use the NOC 2016 page if you submitted your application on or before November 15, 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 group of the eligible occupations.

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
  • Agricultural service contractor or farm supervisor (NOC 82030)
  • Specialized livestock worker or farm machinery operator (NOC 84120)
  • Livestock labourers (NOC 85100)
  • Industrial butcher, meat cutter, poultry preparer or related worker (NOC 94141)
  • Butchers - retail and wholesale (NOC 63201)
  • Meat cutters and fishmongers - retail and wholesale (NOC 65202)
Food and beverage processing labourer (NOC 95106) 730
  • Specialized livestock worker or farm machinery operator (NOC 84120)
  • Livestock labourer (NOC 85100)
  • Harvesting labourers (NOC 85101)
Harvesting labourer (NOC 85101) 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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