Quebec Food Production Workers Pilot Program now open to applications
March 30, 2021
The new Quebec Food Production Workers Pilot immigration program was open for applications as of March 24, 2021. The application window for 2021 is between March 24 and October 31, 2021. The program offers a pathway to permanent residence in Quebec for temporary foreign workers in eligible jobs in the food production sector.
Quebec’s Ministry of Immigration, Francisation and Integration (MIFI) plans to select 550 candidates per year through the pilot program. It will close in January 2026.
On March 3, 2021 Quebec unveiled details of three new Quebec immigration programs that were introduced in May and July 2020 to attract orderlies, food production workers and experts in artificial intelligence, information technology and visual effects. Each pilot program will last for five years and target up to 550 candidates per year, and their family members.
You may pre-qualify for a Canada immigration program.
Eligibility for Quebec Food Production Workers Pilot
This program is open from March 24 to October 31, 2021 and is for those looking for work in food or beverage production in Quebec. This pilot program allows you to settle in Québec permanently if you are a temporary foreign worker in the food processing sector. It is intended to help Quebec businesses retain their foreign labor force, and to remain competitive with other Canadian provinces.
Eligible occupations include the following National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes and descriptions:
6732 – Specialized cleaners
8431 – General farm workers
9461 – Process control and machine operators, food and beverage processing
9462 – Industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers and related workers
9463 – Fish and seafood plant workers
9617 – Labourers in food and beverage processing
9618 – Labourers in fish and seafood processing
This pilot program requires that applicants:
Have accumulated at least two years of experience in the last three years in either the food or beverage production industry.
Currently work full-time in either of those sectors in Quebec.
Have a level 7 proficiency in French as measured by the Échelle québécoise des niveaux de compétence en français des personnes immigrantes adultes.
Have at least a high school diploma (DES) or diploma of vocational studies (DEP).