Facilitated Labour Market Impact Assessment process for Quebec employers

On February 24, 2012, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) and the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI) signed an agreement to simplify the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) process for specialized professions. This enables employers to apply for an LMIA to fill selected positions without having to include proof of recruitment efforts. The agreement includes a list of specialized occupations, which is updated annually.

Under the facilitated process, as with the rest of the program, the wage being offered for the position will determine if you need to apply for an LMIA under the stream for high-wage positions or the stream for low-wage positions, each with their own requirements.

If you are offering a wage to a temporary foreign worker (TFW) that is:

Job offer for a low-wage position

Employers wishing to hire a TFW under the facilitated process for a position where the hourly wage offered is below the median hourly wage in Quebec must comply with the requirements for the stream for low-wage positions and apply using the LMIA Online Portal.

As part of the agreement made between the governments of Canada and Quebec under the Temporary Foreign Workers Program (TFWP), applications received in the low-wage stream for occupations eligible for the facilitated process are exempt from the cap on proportion of low-wage positions requirements at specific work locations.

Target occupations

The facilitated LMIA assessment process includes professions in high demand, and in industry sectors experiencing labour shortages in Quebec. The list of occupations (French only), developed and updated by the MIFI and Emploi-Québec, contains occupations classified under the National Occupational Classification (NOC) skill level 0, A and B (newly classified under training, education, experience and responsibilities [TEER] 0/1/2/3). Note that the NOC TEER categories are based on the second digit of the NOC code as outlined in the NOC structure.

Note that, as of May 24, 2022, NOC skill level C (newly classified under TEER 4 occupations) are included in the list of occupations eligible for the facilitated process as per the agreement between the governments of Canada and Quebec launching the pilot project under the TFWP.

Minimum advertising requirements

Employers applying under the facilitated LMIA process are no longer required to provide proof of recruitment efforts. However, they should continue to make best efforts to recruit Canadian citizens or permanent residents prior to making a job offer to a foreign national.

Work duration

The TFWP is intended to be used when you're facing short-term skills and labour shortages. As part of the facilitated process, the program allows you to hire TFWs for a maximum period of 3 years when no Canadians and permanent residents are available. The employment duration must align with the employer’s reasonable employment needs. The duration may be issued for longer in exceptional circumstances whereby the employer provides an adequate rationale.

Transition plan

Transition plans are required for all high-wage LMIA applications; however, in Quebec under the facilitated process, the exemption applies only to the first LMIA application request for the same occupation and same work location. A transition plan is only required from the second LMIA application request onwards for the same occupation in the same work location.

Wage rate

The wages offered to all TFWs must be consistent with the wage rate paid to Canadians and permanent residents working in the same occupation and geographical area. Failure to meet this requirement will result in a negative LMIA decision.

For more information about wage rates, visit the MIFI website (French only).

Positions covered by a collective agreement

To avoid receiving a negative LMIA decision, employers seeking to hire a TFW for a position that is covered under a collective agreement must ensure that hiring TFWs is not likely to adversely affect the course, the outcome, or the settlement of a labour dispute. They must also agree to pay the rate established by the collective agreement. In addition, if the employer offers benefits to Canadian or permanent resident workers, these benefits must be extended to the TFWs.

Before you apply

  • Understand the various streams for hiring TFWs in Quebec
  • Visit the LMIA Online Portal resources page for tips on how to apply online
  • Ensure the occupation is on the list of eligible occupations for the facilitated process
  • Ensure you want to submit an application under the facilitated LMIA process. If after applying you decide you want to apply under a different process, you will need to cancel your original application and reapply under the new process. Processing fees are not refunded and cannot be transferred to your new application

Special instructions

For positions located in Quebec for an employment period of more than 30 consecutive days:

  • LMIA applications must be submitted simultaneously to ESDC and the MIFI
    • failure to do so will prevent your application from being processed and will result in its closure. No refund of the processing fee will be made
  • the names of the TFWs must be included in the application (visit Applying for an unnamed LMIA for exceptions)
  • LMIA applications must be submitted in French

For more information, consult the page explaining the procedure for hiring in the province of Quebec.

How to apply

To hire a TFW under the facilitated LMIA process, you must:

  1. complete an LMIA application using the LMIA Online Portal and submit all required documents for the stream you’re applying under

All documents sent to the MIFI must be in French

The documents you send to the MIFI must be in French, including LMIA applications. Be sure to choose French as the language in the LMIA Online Portal before you start your LMIA application.

  1. submit to the MIFI:
    • a French copy of the LMIA application sent to ESDC using the portal
    • any other required documents as specified on the MIFI website (French only)
  2. once ESDC and the MIFI have approved your job offer, send a copy of the joint ESDC/MIFI confirmation letter and the Quebec Acceptance Certificate to the foreign worker
  3. tell the foreign worker to apply for a work permit from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)

Next, IRCC will determine whether a work permit will be issued to the foreign worker according to the requirements that apply to workers and temporary residents in Canada.

An LMIA may be revoked prior to the issuance of a work permit under the following circumstances:

  • the application included false or misleading information
  • new facts come to light subsequent to the date of the issuance of the opinion that would have affected the assessment of the application and that, in turn, change the assessment that the employment of the foreign national would likely have a neutral or positive effect on the labour market in Canada
  • the opinion is based on a mistake as to some material fact

The revocation of an LMIA decision is based on reliable documented evidence that confirms that the new information or altered circumstances would have had an impact on the assessment of the 6 factors listed under section 203(3) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations.

If the employer receives a negative LMIA, the processing fee will not be reimbursed.


On May 12, 2020, IRCC announced a temporary public policy. The new policy allows some TFWs already in Canada to change jobs before a final decision is made on their work permit application.

Employers hiring these TFWs may receive priority processing of the LMIA applications. To do so, employers must notify Service Canada in writing that the TFW:

  • is in Canada, and
  • wishes to benefit from IRCC’s COVID-19 temporary public policy

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