Hiring in the province of Quebec

Employing temporary foreign workers (TFW) can be an essential part of a company's business strategy. Foreign workers can fill labour shortages in Canada and bring new skills and knowledge to help the country's economy grow.

Special instructions

Migration to the National Occupational Classification 2011

The Temporary Foreign Worker Program is migrating to the National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2011 in October 2016.

The ministère de l'Immigration, de la Diversité et de l'Inclusion (MIDI) requires that all Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) applications for positions located in Quebec be submitted in French, except applications under the In-home Caregiver Program.

Employers who apply for an LMIA to hire TFWs in low-wage positions are strongly encouraged to submit their application to Service Canada and obtain confirmation that it will be accepted for processing, before proceeding to submit the application to the MIDI. This will avoid employers unnecessarily paying processing fees to MIDI on applications which Service Canada will not process.

Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) will work with employers to help minimize the impact of this change. If employers have any questions about this new requirement by MIDI, they can contact the Service Canada Employer Services Hotline in Quebec at 1-866-840-0222 (toll-free) or 1-438-892-0299 for calls from outside Canada.

Exemption from Labour Market Impact Assessment process

The MIDI in Quebec implemented provisions to simplify the hiring of TFWs. These provisions include employers not being required to apply for a LMIA from ESDC/Service Canada, if they are hiring a TFW who:

  • has a valid work permit;
  • holds a skilled worker Certificate of Selection in Quebec (CSQ);
  • resides in the province of Quebec;
  • has applied for permanent residency under the Quebec Skilled Worker class.

The TFW must also fall under one of the following categories:

  • is seeking to extend the work permit for their current employer;
  • is seeking to renew the work authorization with a new employer in Quebec;
  • is a foreign student who has obtained a post-graduation work permit and has a job offer in the province of Quebec;
  • is a work permit holder through participation in a program under the initiative International Experience Canada (IEC) and:
    • is seeking to extend the work authorization for the current employer or
    • renew it for a new employer in Quebec.

For more information on LMIA exemptions, consult the operational bulletin issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

Under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, there may be additional situations where employers may not require an LMIA and / or the TFW is not required to apply for a work permit from IRCC. For more information on occupations that are exempted from an LMIA or a work permit.

Employers wishing to hire TFWs that do not meet these criteria, must apply for an LMIA and follow the regular LMIA process for hiring TFWs in Quebec.

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