Hiring in the province of Quebec

COVID-19

Due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, there are changes to this program.

Employing temporary foreign workers (TFWs) can be an essential part of a company's business strategy or a necessity for a household with children, seniors or persons with high medical needs who require a caregiver. Foreign workers can fill labour shortages in Canada and bring new skills and knowledge to help the country's economy grow.

Note: Effective June 10, 2020 and until further notice, the program is prioritizing certain occupations which are considered essential during the COVID-19 pandemic. The listed occupations are being prioritized in Quebec. For a list of occupations specific to the other provinces and territories, please refer to Hire a temporary worker through the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.

Important: Any Refusal to Process supersedes prioritization.

The program is prioritizing and waiving minimum recruitment requirements for the following occupations:

  • 3012 - Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
  • 3111 - Specialist physicians
  • 3112 - General practitioners and family physicians
  • 3124 - Allied primary health practitioners
  • 3131 - Pharmacists
  • 3211 - Medical laboratory technologists
  • 3212 - Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists' assistants
  • 3214 - Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists
  • 3219 - Other medical technologists and technicians (except dental health)
  • 3233 - Licensed practical nurses
  • 3237 - Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment
  • 3413 - Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates
  • 3414 - Other assisting occupations in support of health services
  • 6731 - Light duty cleaners
  • 6331- Butchers, meat cutters and fishmongers-retail and wholesale
  • 8252- Agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers
  • 8431- General Farm Workers
  • 8432- Nursery and Greenhouse Workers
  • 8611- Harvesting labourers
  • 9462- Industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers and related workers
  • 9463- Fish and seafood plant workers
  • 9617- Labourers in food, beverage and associated products processing
  • 9618- Labourers in fish and seafood processing

The program is prioritizing the following occupations and not waiving the minimum recruitment requirements. Note: if the NOC is on the list of target occupations under the Facilitated LMIA Process, the Facilitated Process requirements will apply.


  • 7511 - Transport truck drivers
  • 4011 - University professors and lecturers
  • 4021 - College and other vocational instructors
  • 4031 - Secondary school teachers
  • 4032 - Elementary school and kindergarten teachers
  • 4413 – Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants

Special instructions

All LMIA applications must be submitted to Service Canada and to MIFI simultaneously.

In Quebec, the ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI) requires that all Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) applications be submitted in French, except for LMIA applications for in-home caregiver positions.

Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) will work with employers to help minimize the impact of this requirement, as required. If employers have any questions related to this, they can contact the Employer Contact Centre from Monday to Friday, between 7:00 am and 8:00 pm, Eastern Time.

Canada and the United States:

  • Toll-free: 1-800-367-5693
  • TTY: 1-855-881-9874

Outside Canada and the United States: 506-546-7569 (collect calls accepted)

Exemption from Labour Market Impact Assessment process

The MIFI 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
    • 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 a 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 a LMIA or a work permit.

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

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