New regulations for temporary workers working in Quebec

February 26th, 2016

Newsletter from our business immigration team

JULIE LESSARD, partner and lawyer

Quebec adds new occupations to Facilitated Labour Market Impact Assessment Process for temporary workers working in Quebec : The new list includes 54 professions (the former list included only 36).

On February 24th, The Ministère de l'immigration, de la diversité et de l'inclusion (MIDI) and Emploi Québec has updated its list of occupations that are admissible under the Facilitated Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) process.

This Program allows employers who are hiring temporary workers in the province of Quebec to apply for a LMIA without having to file evidence that they have met recruitment and advertising requirements.

The Program includes only specifically listed occupations, and it is updated annually to reflect the labour market needs as well as the emergence of new job classifications in specific industries. The list of occupations includes high skilled occupations for professionals, technicians and managers.

Among the changes we note that 2 positions have been removed (NOC 2147 - Computer Engineers, and NOC 3211 - Medical Laboratory Technologists), while 19 new occupations were added including notably ;

  • Sales, Marketing and Advertisement Managers (NOC 0611);
  • Accounting Technicians (NOC 1231);
  • Civil engineering technologists and technicians (NOC 2231);
  • Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians (NOC 2241);
  • Computer network technicians (NOC 2281);
  • Information Systems Testing Technicians (NOC 2283);
  • Insurance agents and brokers (NOC 6231);
  • Chefs (NOC 6321);
  • Cooks (NOC 6322);
  • Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors (NOC 7231);
  • Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics (NOC 7311);

We remind employers that educational requirements must be met by applicants under this Program. If the NOC classification indicates that a specific diploma is usually required, the candidate must possess such diploma. Employers should require professional advice on this issue as required.

The list of new occupations for 2016 came into effect on February 24th, 2016. However, the former list will remain in effect for a transition period of 30 days. If you are affected by the removal of specific positions please contact us urgently.

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