Expediting the hiring of foreign workers as an employer in Quebec

Vimal Sivakumar
Published: December 11, 2023

Certain occupations that Quebec employers hire for are exempt from the requirement to advertise the position for which they are hiring foreign workers.

Typically, the process for temporarily hiring a foreign national to work in Canada involves the submission of a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). LMIAs are documents that employers seek from the government to verify that hiring a foreign national will have either a neutral or positive impact on the Canadian labour market.

Schedule a Free Work Permit Consultation with the Cohen Immigration Law Firm

Part of this process is ensuring that no Canadians are passed up for the position in favour of a foreign national and that the hired temporary worker will receive a salary and benefits.

Note: The salary and benefits earned by the foreign national must meet federal and provincial standards

What is required of employers in Quebec looking to hire foreign workers?

Employers in Quebec do not need to prove that they tried hiring Canadian citizens and permanent residents (PRs) before hiring a temporary foreign worker. Still, Quebec-based employers should make their best efforts to do this.

Note: The facilitated work permit process in Quebec does not exempt employers from applying for an LMIA

In the process of hiring a temporary foreign worker, employers in Quebec must also:

  • Prove that the hired person meets all educational and experience requirements, both of the job and the National Occupation Classification
  • Showcase that the hired employee’s wage is aligned with both provincial and federal standards as well as the wages of Canadians and PRs*
  • Provide a transition plan**

*When comparing the wages of Canadians and PRs with temporary foreign workers, wages must be considered by occupation and geographical area

**Required for all high-wage LMIA applications

Note: Under Quebec’s facilitated work permit process, transition plans are only required for the second or subsequent LMIA applications submitted for the same occupation at the same location

Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) Quebec Pilot Project

Until December 31st, 2024, certain Training, Education, Experience and Responsibilities (TEER) 4 and 5 occupations are also exempt from advertising and recruitment requirements.

Schedule a Free Work Permit Consultation with the Cohen Immigration Law Firm

Share this article
Share your voice
Did you find this article helpful?
Thank you for your feedback.
Subscribe to our newsletter
Did you find this article helpful?
Please provide a response
Thank you for your helpful feedback
Please contact us if you would like to share additional feedback, have a question, or would like Canadian immigration assistance.
  • Do you need Canadian immigration assistance? Contact the Contact Cohen Immigration Law firm by completing our form
  • Send us your feedback or your non-legal assistance questions by emailing us at media@canadavisa.com
Related articles
IRCC clarifies requirements for foreign nationals coming to Canada as digital nomads
Digital transformation concept. System engineering. Binary code. Programming
International students planning to study in Quebec will now need an attestation letter along with a CAQ
A crowd infront of McGill's main campus building in Montreal. Quebec has instituted new rules for study permit applicants.
Festivals and fun to help get through your first winter in Canada
There are a lot of ways to enjoy Canada when it's cold out.
Three pathways to a work permit for IT professionals coming to Canada
Teacher Giving Computer Science Lecture to Students in Dark College Room, projecting Slideshow with Programming Code.
Top Stories
Canada invites immigration candidates in general Express Entry draw
Get Your English Language Proficiency Scores Faster with CELPIP
The current state of the Express Entry pool: February 2024
Join our free newsletter. Get Canada's top immigration stories delivered to your inbox.
Subscribe
More in Express Entry
Canada invites immigration candidates in general Express Entry draw
A view of the Toronto skyline at sunrise.
The current state of the Express Entry pool: February 2024
A group of people's faces shown in collage style.
Who received ITAs in the recent general Express Entry draw?
Girl walking backwards on a wooden bridge over a lake, leading to an island with lots of vegetation, with mountains in the background
IRCC confirms it will continue with current Express Entry categories
IRCC will not be changing the categories for category-based Express Entry in 2024.
Link copied to clipboard