THE NEW SIMPLIFIED PROCESS FOR HIRING FOREIGN WORKERS IN QUEBEC

THE NEW SIMPLIFIED PROCESS FOR HIRING FOREIGN WORKERS IN QUEBEC

 Quebec MICC (Ministère de l’Immigration et des Communautés culturelles) announced on 24 February 2012 a simplified LMO (Labour Market Opinion) processing system for 44 pre-approved occupations. This is a collaborative project of Service Canada, MICC and Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) that seeks to spare the employers located in Quebec from the burden of advertising positions they offer to foreign workers, and to justify why they haven’t hired the Canadian residents who responded to their ads.

The new list, with French denominations, follows below:

0112 Directeurs/directrices des ressources humaines
0611 Directeurs/directrices des ventes, du marketing et de la publicité
0621 Directeurs/directrices – commerce de détail
1111 Vérificateurs/vérificatrices et comptables
1221 Agents/agentes d’administration
1222 Adjoints/adjointes de direction
1243 Secrétaires médicaux/secrétaires médicales
2131 Ingénieurs civils/ingénieures civiles
2146 Ingénieurs/ingénieures en aérospatiale
2171 Analystes et consultants/consultantes en informatique
2173 Ingénieurs/ingénieures et concepteurs/conceptrices en logiciel
2174 Programmeurs/programmeuses et développeurs/développeuses en médias interactifs
2231 Technologues et techniciens/techniciennes en génie civil
2232 Technologues et techniciens/techniciennes en génie mécanique
2241 Technologues et techniciens/techniciennes en génie électronique et électrique
2253 Technologues et techniciens/techniciennes en dessin
2282 Agents/agentes de soutien aux utilisateurs
2283 Évaluateurs/évaluatrices de logiciels et de systèmes informatiques
3111 Médecins spécialistes
3112 Omnipraticiens/omnipraticiennes et médecins en médecine familiale
3113 Dentistes
3114 Vétérinaires
3131 Pharmaciens/pharmaciennes
3141 Audiologistes et orthophonistes
3142 Physiothérapeutes
3143 Ergothérapeutes
3152 Infirmiers autorisés/infirmières autorisées
3211 Technologistes médicaux/technologistes médicales et assistants/assistantes en anatomopathologie
3214 Inhalothérapeutes, perfusionnistes cardiovasculaires et technologues cardiopulmonaires
3215 Technologues en radiation médicale
3222 Hygiénistes et thérapeutes dentaires
3233 Infirmiers auxiliaires/infirmières auxiliaires
4131 Enseignants/enseignantes au niveau collégial et autres instructeurs/instructrices de programmes de perfectionnement
4141 Enseignants/enseignantes au niveau secondaire
4152 Travailleurs sociaux/travailleuses sociales
4212 Travailleurs/travailleuses des services communautaires et sociaux
5125 Traducteurs/traductrices, terminologues et interprètes
6211 Superviseurs/superviseures – commerce de détail
6221 Spécialistes des ventes techniques – commerce de gros
7231 Machinistes et vérificateurs/vérificatrices d’usinage et d’outillage
7311 Mécaniciens/mécaniciennes de chantier et mécaniciens industriels/mécaniciennes industrielles (sauf l’industrie du textile)
7312 Mécaniciens/mécaniciennes d’équipement lourd
7321 Mécaniciens/mécaniciennes et réparateurs/réparatrices de véhicules automobiles, de camions et d’autobus
7333 Électromécaniciens/électromécaniciennes

The numbers on the left are NOC (National Occupational Classification) codes. It is important to keep in mind that the main duties and the employment requirements that define each occupation have been established based on the 2006 version of the NOC, which is currently unavailable on the Internet (the current one dates from 2011), but will be reinstated shortly “due to high demand” coming from HRSDC’s (Human Resources and Skills Development Canada) clients. We have here a new example of the “co-ordination” between the federal and the provincial governments.  HRSDC eliminated the old version without knowing that MICC will use it to prepare its list…

Under the new system, the applications will be sent directly to MICC (including HRSDC forms). MICC will review the application and send its recommendation to HRSDC/Service Canada; when both reach an agreement and decide to approve the application, the MCCI will issue a “Certificat d’acceptation du Québec” (CAQ) based on which the foreign worker will be issued with his/her work permit.

As mentioned before, because these occupations are pre-approved, the employers are not required to advertise the positions and prove their recruitment efforts. The employer, however, must offer prevailing wages and the offered position must match the official job description for 99%, both in terms of main duties and employment requirements.   This is another peculiar situation because, although the list refers to the federal NOC codes, the above-mentioned conditions will be assessed based on the criteria displayed in the “Emploi Quebec” site.  As regards the forms, they will remain unchanged, but the applicant must insert the mention “TRAITEMENT SIMPLIFIÉ”.

Employers will still be able to apply for standard LMO and CAQ for other occupations.  For the regular LMO process, even if one sends the application to HRSDC and concurrently to MICC, Immigration Québec will review the file first and send its recommendation to Service Canada, which will finalize the file.

It is also to be noted that effective 24 February 2012, Quebec removed the IT program. However, under the new simplified process, three IT positions are available: 2171, 2173, and 2174, which have a wide range of duties.

Last but not least, MICC officers have recently announced that they will no longer assist employers with preparation of the application or with explanation of the process, which makes it almost compulsory for the employers who really wish to see their applications approved, to seek professional assistance.   In the particular case of the applications filed with MICC, not every Canadian lawyer and not even every regulated immigration consultant is allowed to handle such applications.  Lawyers must be members of the “Barreau du Québec” and immigration consultants must be not only members of ICCRC, but also recognized by MICC and listed in its Register.

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