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|
|6411||Sales Rep – Wholesale|
|6421||Sales Rep – Retail|
|6513||Food and Beverage Servers|
|7512||Public Transit Driver|
|7521||Heavy Equipment Operator|
|7522||Utility Vehicle Operator|
|9411||Mining Equipment Operator|
|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|
|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.
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.