Québec Simplified LMIA
Facilitated Labour Market Impact Assessment for Temporary Work Permits in Québec
A simplified LMIA process in Quebec is meant to expedite the hiring of foreign temporary workers by Quebec employers especially for jobs in high demand or jobs in various industries experiencing labor shortages. The jobs include management, professional, and technical positions.
Under this category, employers are not required to submit proof of recruitment and placement efforts. There are other conditions to be taken into consideration related to the employer's transition plan and wage rates.
Some of the occupations that are eligible for the Quebec Simplified LMIA process are licensed practical nurses, registered nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, general practitioners and family physicians, specialist physicians, pharmacists, mechanical engineering technologists and technicians, computer programmers and interactive media developers, software engineers, aerospace engineers, mechanical engineers, graphic designers and illustrators, producers, directors, and choreographers.
If you are a company or a business in Quebec intending to hire a foreign worker, you may be eligible to apply for a simplified LMIA. Contact us for a strategic solution and to schedule a legal consultation.
CHANGES TO THE LIST OF PROFESSIONS UNDER THE FOREIGN WORKER SIMPLIFIED LMIA APPLICATION PROCESS IN QUEBEC - FEB 2017 (PDF - French):
On February 24th, 2017, the MIDI of Quebec, Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l’Inclusion, issued a new list of 58 professions eligible for the simplified processing when applying for Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) in Quebec. The list of professions has increased by four more professions compared to last year. Some notable changes include the addition the following professions: welder and welders related machine operators (NOC 7237), computer engineer (NOC 2147), landscape and horticultural technicians (CNP 2225), financial analyst and investment analyst (NOC 1112) and chief financial officer (NOC 0111).
One category of professions that was removed from the list is the butchers, meat cutters and fishmongers – retail and wholesale (NOC 6331).
It is imperative to note that the simplified processing allows employers to be exempt from demonstrating their recruitment efforts in support of a LMIA application.
The new list is based on the 2011 National Occupational Classification (NOC) which in itself is a revised version of the National Occupational Classification (NOC) of 2006.
The new list was published on the official website of the government of Quebec. The Quebec government requires that a temporary foreign worker who applies for a job included in this list has at least one general education with a high school diploma (DES) or equivalent. In addition, in jobs where a higher level of education is generally required, the candidate must meet the requirements of the position.
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