The Canadian government announced plans for a new three-year immigration pilot designed to support the growth of Canada’s agri-food sector.

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People in Canada’s agrifood sector say they’re hoping a three-year pilot project announced in the new federal budget can help the sector bring in the full-time, non-seasonal workers it needs to fill growing labour gaps — and give those workers pathways to permanent residency and greater protections.

The Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada says the program will help non-seasonal foreign agrifood workers brought to Canada through the temporary foreign worker program secure permanent residency status, instead of having to renew their work permits repeatedly.

The department says the program will roll out later this year but would not offer a specific start date.

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