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Quebec Expands List Of Occupations For Facilitated LMIA Process

The Quebec government published this year’s list of occupations for the simplified processing of Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) application on February 24, 2020.

Each year, Quebec’s Ministry of Immigration provides an updated list of occupations for which employers are not required to advertise an open position before hiring a foreign worker.

Typically, an employer in Canada must first publicize an open position in multiple places before an application for an LMIA may be submitted, these requirements are waived for employers in Quebec hiring for certain positions.

Last year, the Quebec government had introduced regional lists of professions or occupations eligible for simplified processing. This year, Quebec has reverted to a provincial list that takes into account labour requirements in all areas of the province.

Although many of the occupations that were on last year’s list are on the new list, 116 new occupations have been included and nine have been removed. Some of the newly included occupations include human resources and investment managers, dentists architects, and bakers, among others.

Quebec’s List of professions for the Facilitated LMIA is established by Emploi-Québec in conjunction with the Ministry of Immigration and is founded on Canada’s 2016 National Occupational Classification (NOC) system.

Facilitated LMIA list for Quebec

Before they can apply for an LMIA, Canadian employers who hire temporary foreign skilled workers must show that they have publicized an open position through a variety of methods and provide proof of their recruitment efforts.

These efforts may consist of advertising the position for at least twenty-eight (28) days, interviewing eligible applicants and demonstrating to the Canadian government that no permanent resident or Canadian citizen is ready, willing and able to be hired for the position, which would require the hiring of a foreign worker.

However, Quebec employers who hire for certain job positions are not required to show proof of advertising or recruitment activities. This simplified application procedures is known as a “facilitated” LMIA.

The latest update to the list of facilitated occupations was made published on February 24, 2020, and the new list came into action immediately. A transitional period of thirty (30) days is granted to the employer, or their representatives, to allow for the examination of an application submitted according to last year’s list.

The following professions are no longer on the list of occupations for the facilitated LMIA process in Quebec:

  • 0513 Recreation, sports and fitness program and service director
  • 1242 Professional occupation in advertising, marketing and public relations
  • 1254 Statistical officers and related research support occupation
  • 3217 Cardiology technologists and electrophysiological diagnostic technologist, n.e.c.
  • 3236 Massage therapists
  • 7205 Contractors and supervisor, other construction trades, installers, repairer and servicers
  • 7232 Tool and die makers
  • 9211 Supervisor, mineral and metal processing
  • 9224 Supervisor, furniture and fixtures manufacturing