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Agricultural Workers - Comparison of Program Options and Criteria

Date

2013-06-26

Authors

Employment and Social Development Canada

Abstract

The agricultural sector incorporates occupations that reflect a variety of skill levels. In an effort to balance the temporary employment needs of employers with the protection of workers, the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) has a variety of program streams that cover lower and higher-skilled positions.

Lower-skilled Positions
Employers hiring temporary foreign agricultural workers in occupations requiring lower levels of formal education can choose between the:

Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SAWP)
Agricultural Stream
Stream for Lower-skilled Occupations
Higher-skilled Positions
Employers hiring temporary foreign agricultural workers in skilled occupations can choose between the:

Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SAWP)
Agricultural Stream
Stream for Higher-skilled Occupations
Did you know?
Under the Agricultural Stream, temporary foreign workers (TFW) hired in higher-skilled positions such as: management, professional and technical occupations are eligible for permanent residency as long as they meet all of the immigration requirements set by Citizenship and Immigration Canada or the Provincial Nominee Program.

Whether hiring lower or higher-skilled TFWs, employers must always meet the requirements of the particular stream chosen. The Comparison of Options and Criteria table provides a summary of the requirements that employers must follow for the different streams.

Issue

2013

Publisher

Employment and Social Development Canada

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Economic sectors

Agriculture and horticulture workers

Content types

Current Policy

Target groups

Employers, agencies and their representatives

Geographical focuses

Federal and National relevance

Spheres of activity

Law, Management of human resources, and Political science

Languages

English