Quebec employers seeking to fill specific positions with foreign workers can advertise the job without advertising it. Typically, when temporarily hiring a foreign national in Canada, employers must submit a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). Employers request LMIAs from the government to confirm that hiring a foreign national will either neutral or positively impact the Canadian labor market.
Throughout this process, employers must ensure they don’t bypass Canadians for the position in favor of a foreign national and guarantee that the temporary worker they hire receives a competitive salary and benefits.
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What do Quebec Employers Need When Hiring Foreign Workers?
Quebec employers don’t have to demonstrate that they attempted to hire Canadian citizens and permanent residents (PRs) before opting for a temporary foreign worker. However, Quebec-based employers should make sincere efforts in this regard.
Even with the facilitated work permit process in Quebec, employers are still required to apply for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).
Throughout the process of hiring a temporary foreign worker, employers in Quebec must also:
- Verify that the hired individual meets the educational and experience requirements for the job and the National Occupation Classification.
- Demonstrate that the hired employee’s wage aligns with provincial and federal standards and the wages of Canadians and PRs. (When comparing wages, considerations must be made by occupation and geographical area.)
- Present a transition plan, which is mandatory for all high-wage LMIA applications.
Under Quebec’s facilitated work permit process, transition plans are only mandatory for the second or subsequent LMIA applications submitted for the same occupation at the same location.