Hiring temporary foreign workers in the province of Quebec

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Temporary Foreign Worker Program

The Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) allows Canadian employers to hire foreign workers to fill temporary jobs when qualified Canadians are not available.

Most employers need a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) before they can hire a temporary foreign worker (TFW). Before you start the hiring process, you must determine if you need an LMIA.

Learn about what is required to hire foreign workers through the TFWP.

Special instructions

As of December 11, 2023, employers can submit unnamed LMIA applications for positions in Quebec (with some exceptions). The Ministère de l'Immigration, de la Francisation et de l'Intégration (MIFI) has announced that TFWP applications can be submitted through their ARRIMA platform. One of the advantages of this is the ability to submit unnamed LMIA applications. Consult the Government of Quebec website for more details on the ARRIMA platform.

Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)/Service Canada will assess unnamed LMIA applications, and if employers meet the program requirements, they’ll receive an unnamed LMIA. For more details, visit Applying for unnamed LMIA.

Quebec requirements

Note that the following provincial requirements are for applications submitted to Quebec's MIFI (French only).

When completing an LMIA application where the work location is in the province of Quebec and for an employment period of more than 30 consecutive days:

You can contact the MIFI at 1-877-864-9191 or visit their website for more information.

For more information on the LMIA Online Portal, contact the Employer Contact Centre or visit the LMIA Online Portal resources page.

Temporary measures in Quebec

The governments of Canada and Quebec have agreed to extend the measures available to Quebec employers under the TFWP since 2021. These measures will remain in place until the annual update on February 23, 2025.

Advertising and recruitment exemption

Certain occupations under TEER 5 of the National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2021 (formerly level D) are exempt from the requirement to provide proof of recruitment efforts. However, employers should continue to make best efforts to recruit Canadian citizens or permanent residents prior to making a job offer to a foreign national.

The list is valid until February 23, 2025. Because the occupations identified may vary from one list to another, a transition period of 30 calendar days will be granted.

Facilitated process

Eligibility for the facilitated process has been temporarily expanded to include TEER 4 (formerly level C) of the NOC 2021 to the list of occupations eligible to the facilitated process (French only) as identified by Quebec.

Also, applications received in the low-wage stream for applications eligible for the facilitated process are exempt from the cap proportion of low-wage positions requirements at a specific work location.

Refer to the Facilitated LMIA process page for more information on the application process.

National Occupational Classification

The TFWP has switched to the 2021 version of the NOC. Learn more about the NOC 2021 transition.

For a list of occupations specific to the other Canadian provinces and territories, refer to Hire a temporary worker through the TFWP.


List of NOC codes
  • 31100* – Specialists in clinical and laboratory medicine
  • 31101* – Specialists in surgery
  • 31102* – General practitioners and family physicians
  • 31120* – Pharmacists
  • 31301* – Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
  • 31302* – Nurse practitioners
  • 31303* – Physician assistants, midwives and allied health professionals
  • 32101* – Licensed practical nurses
  • 32103* – Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists
  • 32109* – Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment
  • 32120* – Medical laboratory technologists
  • 32124* – Pharmacy technicians
  • 32129* – Other medical technologists and technicians
  • 33101* – Medical laboratory assistants and related technical occupations
  • 33102* – Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates
  • 33103* – Pharmacy technical assistants and pharmacy assistants
  • 33109* – Other assisting occupations in support of health services
  • 41200 – University professors and lecturers
  • 41210 – College and other vocational instructors
  • 41220 – Secondary school teachers
  • 41221 – Elementary school and kindergarten teachers
  • 42202 – Early childhood educators and assistants
  • 43100 – Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants
  • 45100 – Student monitors, crossing guards and related occupations
  • 63201 – Butchers – Retail and wholesale
  • 65202 – Meat cutters and fishmongers – Retail and wholesale
  • 65310* – Light-duty cleaners
  • 82030* – Agricultural service contractors and farm supervisors
  • 84120* – Specialized livestock workers and farm machinery operators
  • 85100* – Livestock labourers
  • 85101* – Harvesting labourers
  • 85103* – Nursery and greenhouse labourers
  • 94141 – Industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers and related workers
  • 94142 – Fish and seafood plant workers
  • 95106 – Labourers in food, beverage and associated products processing
  • 95107 – Labourers in fish and seafood processing

*NOC/position is exempt from the minimum recruitment requirements.

Exemption from LMIA process

The MIFI in Quebec implemented provisions to simplify the hiring of TFWs. These provisions include employers not being required to apply for an LMIA if they're hiring a TFW who:

The TFW must also fall under 1 of the following categories:

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 isn't required to apply for a work permit from IRCC.

For more information on occupations that are exempted from an LMIA or a work permit, visit Find out if you need a work permit.

Employers wishing to hire TFWs that don't meet these criteria must apply for an LMIA and follow the regular LMIA process for hiring TFWs in Quebec.

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