Agricultural-based Category Draw: What it means for agriculturalists around the world.

September 27, 2023, marked a significant move on the part of the Canadian Government as this was the first of its kind draw that issued invitations to 600 candidates with a bare minimum CRS score of 354.

Hello, dear readers! Are you amazed by the recent news and wish to explore this area more? Keep reading as we aim to clarify all your doubts in this blog.

The Purpose of the Agricultural Draw:

With intentions to boost its export market of Agricultural goods and to reduce the labor shortage issue, the Canadian Government has launched the Agricultural draw that also, at present, has invited 600 candidates. Depending upon the success of this draw, it may lead to increased numbers in the future.

Understanding the Draw:

A sub-category in the umbrella of Category-based Express Entry Draw, this is an agricultural category draw that has at present issued invitations to individuals for the following 3 occupations:

1. Contractors and supervisors, landscaping, grounds maintenance and horticulture services with a 2021 NOC 82031 and under the TEER 2 category.
2. Agricultural service contractors and farm supervisors with a 2021 NOC code of 82030 and under the TEER 2 category
3. Butchers- retail and wholesale with a 2021 NOC code of 63201 and under the TEER 3 category.

However, this is just the beginning, and in the future, the list of occupations can grow. (subject to the Canadian Govt policies)

Eligibility under this Category:

To be eligible for Agriculture and agri-food occupations you must:

Have accumulated at least 6 months of full-time, continuous work experience (or an equal amount of part-time work experience) in a single occupation listed in the provided table within the past 3 years. This experience could be gained in Canada or abroad.

Fulfill all requirements detailed in the instructions for each specific round.

General Eligibility Criteria:

Although the above are the category-specific criteria, the candidates are still required to meet the requirements under the Federal Express Entry programs. One common requirement to keep an eye on under these EE programs is the language requirements, i.e., the Canadian Benchmark Levels.

What does this draw mean to the agricultural community around the world?

This is great news for agrarian economies around the world and specifically for individuals who wish to relocate to an opportunity-filled land like Canada.

Our personal advice to all who meet this criterion is that they harness this golden opportunity and create an EE profile to become part of the Express Entry pool. If they are invited, they get a chance to become Permanent Residents of a beautiful and opportunity-filled country like Canada.

Can more such draws be made in the future?

There are high chance that the Canadian Government may launch similar draws in the future to fill its requirements.

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