The procedure of employing temporary foreign employees has been made easier by Quebec province in Canada. The Quebec government has added entry-level employment to the list of occupations eligible for the Facilitated Labour Market Impact Assessment procedure or LMIA process. This updated list will make it easier for Quebec employers to hire temporary foreign employees. Also for entry-level jobs which is very good news for those who want to immigrate to Canada, specifically to Quebec. 

The hiring process in Quebec

Employers in other provinces that seek to recruit a foreign worker under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP). They must often first get an LMIA, a document proving that no Canadian could fill the post. The employers in Quebec that want to hire foreign skilled employees follow a different method than other employers in the rest of Canada. Employers in Quebec who hire temporary foreign employees in specific occupations can take advantage of the procedure. This waives certain aspects of the labour market impact assessment (LMIA) criteria, such as publicising the position or other recruitment efforts. 

Both federal and provincial authorities must approve applications for the facilitated LMIA procedure. As a result, employers that want to engage foreign employees must submit application forms and accompanying papers. This includes both Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) and the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI).

List for the facilitated LMIA process

The Quebec Ministry of Immigration usually reviews the list of jobs eligible for the Facilitated LMIA procedure on February 24 of each year. It then releases a new updated version based on current labour market demands. Quebec has provided two changes since the release of this year’s list, which is unusual.

There is an addition of 60 new occupations to the list of occupations targeted for 2022-2023. The most current update, dated May 27, 2022. Machine operators, office employees, administrative personnel, sales representatives, workers in the restaurant, tourist, and entertainment industries, and drivers are among the recently added level C job categories to the National Occupational Classification.

New measures

Demographics are having an impact on the ability of employers to find workers in Quebec. The province’s fertility rate is declining, and the population is aging. Quebec’s unemployment rate is at an all-time low. 

Quebec has made it easier for companies to hire skilled workers. This is by streamlining the recruitment process and shortening the processing time for immigration applications. Subsequently, this aids the employers looking into hiring temporary foreign workers. 

Quebec now allows employers to hire up to 20% of temporary foreign workers per workplace. This percentage was set at 10%, according to the province’s labour market and employment statistics. Additionally, the introduction of the International Mobility Program Plus (IMP+) to expedite the entry in Quebec of foreign employees who have not yet gained permanent residency and who fulfil labour demands moves forward.

This would allow more than 7,000 persons every year who the province identifies as skilled workers to be eligible for an open work permit and begin working in Quebec while awaiting permanent residency.

Is your occupation a part of the updated LMIA list in Quebec? Looking into ways to immigrate to Quebec? Contact us today at contactus@wisaindia.com or call our Toll-Free number 1800 123 9212.