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Quebec Facilitated LMIA Processing

Quebec Facilitated LMIA Processing

Quebec’s List of Occupations for Facilitated LMIA Processing

Each year, the Quebec Immigration Ministry updates its list of occupations that are eligible for facilitated Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) processing. 

This process aims to help Quebec employers address proven labour shortages by allowing them to hire foreign workers more quickly. Since labour shortages in these occupations are proven, Quebec employers do not need to demonstrate that they could not find a worker in Canada to fill the role.

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In general, under the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) process, Canadian employers must demonstrate that hiring a foreign worker will have a positive or neutral impact on the Canadian labour market and that there are currently no Canadian citizens or permanent residents available to fill the position. The facilitated process in Quebec does not exempt the employer from the obligation to apply for an LMIA. However, for the occupations listed below, Quebec employers are not required to advertise the position for which they are hiring foreign workers.

Quebec’s facilitated occupations list includes all categories of occupations eligible for the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP).

Facilitated LMIA process requirements for Quebec employers

Under the facilitated process, the employer is not required to provide evidence of recruitment efforts. However, the employer is expected to make best efforts to recruit Canadian citizens or permanent residents before making a job offer to a foreign worker.

The employer is also required to prove the following:

  • That the foreign worker meets the educational and experience requirements of the job and the requirements of the National Occupational Classification;
  • That the hourly wage offered to temporary foreign workers is consistent with the wage rate paid to Canadians and permanent residents, working in the same occupation and geographic area.
  • A transition plan is required for all high wage LMIA applications. However, under the facilitated process in Quebec, a transition plan is only required for the second or subsequent application for an LMIA in the same occupation and location.

TFWP Pilot Project

The Quebec government has expanded eligibility for facilitated processing to include some NOC skill level C and D occupations.

Effective December 6, 2021 until December 31, 2024, several National Occupational Classification (NOC) D occupations are exempt from advertising and recruitment requirements. You will find a list of these occupations

Current List of Occupations for Facilitated LMIA Process in Quebec

Click here to see the current list of occupations eligible for simplified processing under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.

TFWP Pilot Project

The following occupations are exempt from advertising and recruitment requirements under Quebec’s TFWP Pilot Project.