Quebec cases (Temporary Foreign Worker Program and International Mobility Program)
This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada staff. It is posted on the Department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders.
This page contains operational guidance for officers who process foreign nationals destined for Quebec, through either of the following programs:
Temporary Foreign Worker Program
Under the terms of article 22 of the Canada–Quebec Accord, Quebec’s consent is required to grant entry to temporary foreign workers who are subject to Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) requirements.
Foreign workers who are destined to Quebec must obtain the consent of the Minister of the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l’Inclusion (MIDI) to enter Quebec and take temporary employment. This consent is granted through the issuance of a Quebec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ).
According to the Regulation Respecting Immigration to Québec (RIQ), the Minister’s consent to enter Quebec, granted through the issuance of a CAQ, is not required if any of the following conditions apply:
- The employment is continuous in duration for a maximum of 30 days.
- The employment is not paid.
- The foreign national’s employment does not require an assessment of the impact that the employment offer has on the Quebec labour market (term that designates an LMIA in the RIQ).
Quebec Acceptance Certificate requirement
The CAQ is issued by the MIDI only for foreign nationals whose employment requires an LMIA.
On August 2, 2018, the MIDI introduced a new CAQ that no longer has validity dates. The expiry date has been replaced by a duration period, in months. The CAQ becomes effective at the time the work permit is issued. This modification was made to ensure the work permit can be issued for the full duration of the employment specified on the LMIA and CAQ.
Per section 105 of the RIQ, the MIDI Minister’s consent for a foreign national’s stay, given under section 5 of the RIQ, is valid for the duration provided for in the positive assessment of the impact on Quebec’s labour market, up to a maximum of 36 months.
The start of the period provided for in the RIQ takes effect on the date the work permit is issued, under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (SC, 2001, C. 27).
International Mobility Program
Foreign nationals who are coming to work in Quebec under the International Mobility Program do not require a CAQ.
The following program delivery instructions are available for specific LMIA exemptions applicable to Quebec applicants:
- Labour Market Impact Assessment-exempt work permit renewals and extensions for certain Quebec Selection Certificate holders currently in Quebec (exemption code A75)
- International Mobility Program: Canadian interests – Significant benefit – Entrepreneurs/self-employed candidates seeking to operate a business [R205(a) – C11]
- Foreign physicians coming to work in Quebec
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