The federal government has announced a new, temporary policy that will reduce the time it takes for a temporary foreign worker to start a new job.

While this policy is in place, a worker who is already in Canada and has secured a new job offer can get approval to start working in their new job, even while their work permit application is being fully processed.

This will cut what can often take 10 weeks or more, down to 10 days or less.

"Today's announcement builds on all the work we have been doing since the moment COVID struck to ensure our agriculture sector, particularly our horticultural producers, can count on their workforce and that they can ensure their safety," said Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau.

Year-to-date, Canada has welcomed nearly 22,000 agricultural workers into the country by the end of April, compared with about 25,500 at the end of April in 2019.