Quebec Releases New List of Occupations Eligible under the LMIA Process

The province of Quebec comes up with a new list of occupations that are suitable under the new LMIA process. According to the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), employers do not have to provide proof of recruitment efforts. This is while hiring foreign workers. This rule is applicable in quite a few occupations.

The Ministry of Immigration in Quebec provides a new list of occupations that they update every year. Employers looking for manpower for these listed occupations do not have to advertise a job vacancy before hiring a foreign worker.

The new list was made public on February 24 and will be in effect for this year.

Just like the previous year, this new list of suitable occupations covers the entire province. It is based on the labor requirement of Quebec.

Most of the occupations seen in last year’s list are still available. However, there are some news ones that feature in this year’s list and some old ones that have been removed.

The 2021 list features 181 occupations. It is almost 70 more than last year’s list. Some of the newly added occupations include:

  • Telecommunications carriers managers
  • Computer and information systems managers
  • Homebuilding and renovation managers
  • Geoscientists and oceanographers

The new list of occupations is effective instantly. All employers or their agents get a 30-day transition period. This is to let them review an application that was submitted under last year’s list of occupations.

The Emploi-Quebec establishes the List of Occupations for Facilitated LMIA. They do so in collaboration with ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI). This is based on the country’s 2016National Occupational Classification (NOC) system.

All the employers in Quebec offering jobs similar to the ones appearing on the list will have to follow the facilitated process.

Quebec’s Facilitated LMIAs

Canadian employers hiring temporary foreign workers need to prove that they have advertised a vacancy. This should be done through several methods.

These employers also need to prove the completion of various recruitment efforts before they can apply for an LMIA.

These recruitment efforts may include:

  • Advertising for the job vacancy for a minimum of 28 days.
  • Interviewing suitable candidates
  • Proving to the Canadian government that none of the permanent residents or Canadian citizens are willing for the job. They also need to prove that none of these people are suitable for the job. Thus, they need to hire a foreign worker.

The method for Quebec employers looking to hire foreign skilled workers differs from the method for employers throughout Canada.

Quebec employers hiring temporary foreign workers for a specifically targeted position need not provide proof of advertising or any other recruitment activities. This is the meaning of the term “facilitated LMIA”.

Both the provincial and federal authorities need to approve facilitated LMIA process applications. This is why employers need to submit their applications with supporting documents to both MIFI and ESDC. These employers are the ones willing to hire foreign workers.

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