Canada Targets Agricultural Talent First-Ever Express Entry Draw for Agri -Food Occupations

In a groundbreaking move, Canada’s Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) conducted its first-ever category-based Express Entry draw, specifically targeting candidates with expertise in agriculture and agri-food occupations, on 28 September 2023. This initiative aims to address labor shortages in the agricultural sector and attract skilled talent.

Details of the Draw:

• 600 ITAs were issued on September 28, 2023.
• Candidates needed a minimum CRS score of 354 to be eligible.
• Targeted category- Agriculture and Agri-food Occupations

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• Canada’s agriculture and Agri-food industry exported nearly $92.8 billion in products globally in 2022.
• This draw is part of Canada’s proactive immigration strategy, emphasizing the importance of diverse skill sets in contributing to the nation’s economic growth and regional development.

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