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65 new occupations have been added to Quebec’s facilitated LMIA

Employers in Quebec can now hire foreign TFWs more easily because the francophone province has simplified the LMIA process. Along with this change, 65 new occupations have been added to the list of occupations for which employers are not required to provide proof of recruitment efforts.

Facilitating Quebec’s employers

The facilitated LMIA process is now available to Quebec employers thanks to an agreement between the Canadian government and Quebec’s MIFI. This has resulted in the development of a list of target occupations that are eligible for LMIA.

Employers in Quebec can use a facilitated LMIA to hire TFWs (Temporary Foreign Workers) for specific job positions that do not require evidence of efforts to hire local natives.

The addition of 65 occupations increased the number of LMIA-eligible occupations on the list from 222 to 287 in February 2022. The new additions are listed below, along with the NOC occupation codes.

NOC Code List of Occupations
1314 Property Valuator
1414 Receptionist
1415 Staffing Clerk
1434 Bank Clerk
1435 Loan Collector
1452 Correspondence Clerk
1454 Statistical Clerk
1521 Shipper
1522 Warehouse Clerk
1523 Logistics Clerk
1524 Inventory Clerk
1525 Dispatcher
1526 Scheduler
3411 Dental Hygienist
3413 Nurse’s Aide
4413 Teaching Assistant
5113 Archivist
5243 Costume Designer
6222 Buyer
6313 Hotel/Casino Supervisor
6332 Baker
6411 Sales Rep – Wholesale
6421 Sales Rep – Retail
6513 Food and Beverage Servers
6531 Tourism Guide
6551 Bank Teller
6563 Veterinarian
7305 Traffic Supervisor
7444 Exterminator
7451 Longshoreman
7452 Warehouse Worker
7511 Truck Driver
7512 Public Transit Driver
7521 Heavy Equipment Operator
7522 Utility Vehicle Operator
7532 Deckhand
8421 Logger
8422 Forestry Worker
9411 Mining Equipment Operator
9412 Smelter Worker
9414 Stonecutter
9415 Inspector / Tester, mineral and metal processing
9416 Metalworking and Forging Machine Operator
9417 Machining Tool Operator
9418 Metal Products Machine Operator
9421 Chemical Plant Machine Operator
9422 Plastics Processing Machine Operator
9423 Rubber Processing Machine Operator
9431 Sawmill Machine Operator
9435 Paper Converting Machine Operator
9436 Lumber Grader/Wood Processing Inspector
9437 Woodworking Machine Operator
9441 Textile Fibre and Yarn, Hide and Pelt Processing Machine Operator or Worker
9446 Industrial Sewing Machine Operator
9461 Process Control and Machine Operator, food and beverage processing
9462 Industrial Butcher
9463 Seafood Processing Worker
9465 Tester or Grader, food and beverage processing
9523 Electronics Assembler, Fabricator, Inspector or Tester
9526 Mechanical Assembler or Inspector
9532 Furniture and Fixture Assembler or Inspector
9533 Wood Products Assembler or Inspector
9534 Furniture Finisher or Refinisher
9535 Plastic Products Assembler, Finisher or Inspector
9536 Industrial Painter, Coater and Metal Finishing Process Operator

Although it is not mandatory for Quebec employers to demonstrate their efforts to hire skilled foreign workers, the Quebec government encourages them to try to hire Canada PR visa holders/Canadian citizens.

Concerning the LMIA application transition plan:

Typically, LMIA applications necessitate a transition plan. However, the first application under the facilitated LMIA process does not require the employer to have a transition plan for an occupation in a specific location. It will only be required starting with the second application.

Other information:

Payments made to TFWs must be consistent with those made to Canada PR and Canadian citizens.
If the position is covered by a collective agreement, the Quebec employer must pay the agreed-upon rate as well as any benefits provided to Canada PR and Canadian citizens.
Employers in Quebec who want to hire a TFW and pay less than the median hourly wage must meet the requirements for the high-wage stream.

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