Quebec’s government has simplified the hiring process for temporary foreign workers by implementing 3 key provisions. The first provision includes agreements between the Quebec Ministry of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion (“MIDI”) and Employment and Social Development Canada (“ESDC”) whereby a request for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (“LMIA”) can be conducted without requiring the employer to go through the full advertising process. This process is known as a facilitated LMIA. The second provision is waiving the normal advertising requirements to obtain a positive LMIA for specialized targeted occupations in Quebec. The third provision includes a number of exemptions from the LMIA requirement when employers hire foreign workers who meet certain eligibility requirements.
Finally, to qualify for the TFWP, a foreign worker must fall within one of the following criteria:
- they seek to extend their work permit for their current employer;
- they seek to renew their work authorization with a new Quebec employer;
- they are a foreign student who has obtained a post-graduation work permit and have a valid job offer in Quebec; or
- they are participating in a program under the International Experience Canada (“IEC”) initiative and are seeking to either extend their authorization to work with their current employer or renew it for a new Quebec employer.
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