In March 2020, Canada will begin accepting applications from eligible candidates in the Agri-Food Immigration Pilot. Meat product manufacturing; Greenhouse, nursery and floriculture production, including mushroom production; and Animal production, (excluding aquaculture) are three industries targeted by the pilot. According to IRCC, beginning on January 1 of each year, applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. This pilot will last for 3 years. IRCC also allocated annual quota for each eligible occupation. The eligible occupations include six following NOCs: NOC 6331 Retail butchers and NOC 9462 Industrial butchers (both NOCs combined were allocated 1470 spots), NOC 8252 Farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers (50 spots), NOC 9617 Food processing labourers (730), NOC 8431 General farmworkers (200 spots), and NOC 8611 Harvesting labourers (300 spots).
On February 19, 2020, the New Brunswick government announced the increase of the minimum wage to $11.70 per hour that will be in effect on April 1. The current minimum wage in the province is $11.50 per hour. The official statement of the provincial government noted that the minimum wage rate is indexed to the province’s consumer price index, rounded to the nearest five cents. The consumer price index in New Brunswick grew by 1.7% in 2019. The Atlantic provinces harmonize the date of effect of any minimum wage rate increase to April 1.