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The government of Quebec has expanded the list of occupations for which employers do not need to advertise an open position before hiring a foreign worker.
Canadian employers hiring temporary foreign workers typically must advertise an open position in multiple places before an application for an application for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) may be submitted. However, this requirement is waived for employers in Quebec hiring for certain positions.
This simplified process is known as a ‘facilitated’ LMIA.
Employers applying under the facilitated LMIA process are not required to provide proof of recruitment efforts. These efforts would entail advertising the job for at least 28 days, interviewing candidates who fulfil the position requirements, and proving to the government of Canada that there is no Canadian citizen or permanent resident who is ready, willing, and able to be hired for the position, necessitating the hiring of a foreign worker.
The latest update to the list of facilitated occupations was revealed on February 24, and the new list came into effect immediately. A transitional period of 30 days is granted to the employer or his/her representative to allow for the examination of an application submitted according to the previous year’s list.
Although most of the occupations that were on the previous list are also on the new list, 16 new occupations have been added.
The government of Quebec requires that a temporary foreign worker who comes to a job on this list has at least a general education certificate equivalent to a high school diploma (DES) or equivalent. In addition, in jobs where a higher level of education is usually required, the candidate must meet the requirements of the position.
It should also be noted that the list concerns the hiring of workers, not business owners.
Facilitated LMIA list for Quebec
The following list of occupations is in effect as of February 24, 2017. Newly-added occupations are in bold.
|0124||Advertising, marketing and public relations managers|
|0601||Corporate sales managers|
|1111||Financial Auditors and Accountants|
|1121||Human Resources Professionals|
|1223||Human Resources and Recruitment Officers|
|1225||Purchasing Agents and Officers|
|1243||Medical administrative assistants|
|1311||Accounting technicians and bookkeepers|
|2171||Information Systems Analysts and Consultants|
|2173||Software Engineers and Designers|
|2174||Computer Programmers and Interactive Media Developers|
|2175||Developers / Web Developers|
|2231||Civil engineering technologists and technicians|
|2232||Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians|
|2233||Technologists and Technicians / Technicians Industrial Engineering and Manufacturing Engineering|
|2234||Estimators / Construction Estimators|
|2241||Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians|
|2253||Drafting Technologists and Technicians|
|2281||Technicians / Computer Network Technicians|
|2282||User support technicians|
|2283||Information systems testing technicians|
|3012||Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses|
|3112||General Practitioners and Family Physicians|
|3141||Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists|
|3214||Respiratory Therapists, Clinical Perfusionists and Cardiopulmonary Technologists|
|3215||Medical Radiation Technologists|
|3222||Dental hygienists and dental therapists|
|3233||Licensed Practical Nurses|
|4021||College and other vocational instructors|
|4212||Social and community service workers|
|4214||Early childhood educators and assistants|
|4215||Instructors of persons with disabilities|
|5131||Producers, Directors, Choreographers and related occupations|
|5241||Graphic Designers and Illustrators|
|6221||Technical Sales Specialists – Wholesale Trade|
|6231||Insurance agents and brokers|
|6331||Butchers, meat cutters and fishmongers – retail and wholesale|
|7231||Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors|
|7246||Telecommunications installation and repair workers|
|7311||Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics|
|7312||Heavy-Duty Equipment Mechanics|
|7321||Automotive Service Technicians, Truck and Bus Mechanics and Mechanical Repairers|
Two occupations from the previous list have not been included on the new list. These are:
- Computer Engineers (except Software Engineers and Designers), National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2147; and
- Medical Laboratory Technologists and Pathologists’ Assistants, NOC 3211.
Canadian employers: To learn more about your options for hiring foreign workers, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. A legal expert will provide a free consultation.
Foreign workers: If you have received a job offer from a Canadian employer and wish to submit an inquiry about getting a work permit and working legally in Canada, please complete the form on this page.
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