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Employers in Quebec can enjoy a simplified, or facilitated, hiring process of foreign workers in certain occupations after the government of Quebec expanded the list of occupations that are exempt from the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) advertising requirement in the province.

Whereas typically an employer in Canada must first advertise an open position in multiple places before an application for an application for a LMIA may be submitted, this requirement is waived for employers in Quebec hiring for certain positions.

All of the occupations on the list are considered high-paying positions.

The latest update to the list was revealed on February 24, 2017, and, while most of the occupations that were on the previous list are also on the new list, 16 new occupations have been added. On the other hand, two occupations from the previous list have not been included on the new list. These are:

  • Computer Engineers {except Software Engineers and Designers), National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2147; and
  • Medical Laboratory Technologists and Pathologists' Assistants, NOC 3211.

The list is updated annually. A transitional period of 30 days is granted to the employer or his/her representative to allow for the examination of an application submitted according to the previous year's list.

The government of Quebec requires that a temporary foreign worker who comes to a job on this list has at least a general education certificate equivalent to a high school diploma (DES) or equivalent. In addition, in jobs where a higher level of education is usually required, the candidate must meet the requirements of the position.

It should also be noted that the list concerns the hiring of workers, not business owners.

Facilitated LMIA List for Quebec

The following list is in operation as of February 24, 2017. Occupations that have been added since the previous list are in bold.

NOC OCCUPATION TITLE
0124 Advertising, marketing and public relations managers
0601 Corporate sales managers
1111 Financial Auditors and Accountants
1121 Human Resources Professionals
1222 Executive Assistants
1223 Human Resources and Recruitment Officers
1225 Purchasing Agents and Officers
1241 Administrative assistants
1243 Medical administrative assistants
1311 Accounting technicians and bookkeepers
2131 Civil Engineers
2132 Mechanical Engineers
2146 Aerospace Engineers
2171 Information Systems Analysts and Consultants
2173 Software Engineers and Designers
2174 Computer Programmers and Interactive Media Developers
2175 Developers / Web Developers
2231 Civil engineering technologists and technicians
2232 Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians
2233 Technologists and Technicians / Technicians Industrial Engineering and Manufacturing Engineering
2234 Estimators / Construction Estimators
2241 Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
2253 Drafting Technologists and Technicians
2281 Technicians / Computer Network Technicians
2282 User support technicians
2283 Information systems testing technicians
3012 Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
3111 Specialist Physicians
3112 General Practitioners and Family Physicians
3131 Pharmacists
3141 Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists
3142 Physiotherapists
3143 Occupational Therapists
3214 Respiratory Therapists, Clinical Perfusionists and Cardiopulmonary Technologists
3215 Medical Radiation Technologists
3222 Dental hygienists and dental therapists
3233 Licensed Practical Nurses
4021 College and other vocational instructors
4152 Social Workers
4212 Social and community service workers
4214 Early childhood educators and assistants
4215 Instructors of persons with disabilities
5131 Producers, Directors, Choreographers and related occupations
5241 Graphic Designers and Illustrators
6221 Technical Sales Specialists – Wholesale Trade
6231 Insurance agents and brokers
6321 Chefs
6322 Cooks
6331 Butchers, meat cutters and fishmongers – retail and wholesale
7231 Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors
7246 Telecommunications installation and repair workers
7311 Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics
7312 Heavy-Duty Equipment Mechanics
7321 Automotive Service Technicians, Truck and Bus Mechanics and Mechanical Repairers
7333 Electrical Mechanics

Canadian employers: To learn more about your options for hiring foreign workers, please contact wp@canadavisa.com. A legal expert will provide a free consultation.

Foreign workers: If you have received a job offer from a Canadian employer and wish to submit an inquiry about getting a work permit and working legally in Canada, please complete the form on this page.