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Quebec’s Fast-Track Hiring Process for Employers in Recruiting Foreign Talent

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Quebec's Fast-Track Hiring Process

In the vibrant landscape of Quebec’s employment sector, a new chapter unfolds, promising a more efficient route to harnessing international expertise. For employers seeking to amplify their workforce with foreign talent, this is a game-changer.

Explore the fastest process for hiring foreign workers and discover how employers can harness the advantages of streamlined hiring for certain occupations. 

Fast-Track Hiring in Quebec

Quebec employers are presented with a unique advantage in recruiting foreign workers, with certain occupations enjoying exemptions from the customary advertising requirements. Traditionally, hiring foreign nationals involves obtaining a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), a crucial document ensuring a positive impact on the Canadian labor market.

Quebec’s Approach to Simplify the Process

In the province of Quebec, Employers are relieved from the obligation of proving attempts to hire Canadian citizens or permanent residents before opting for a temporary foreign worker. While not mandatory, Quebec-based employers are encouraged to demonstrate their commitment to local talent acquisition.

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Key Requirements for Quebec Employers

The hiring process in Quebec requires a comprehensive approach, requiring employers to:

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  • Ensure the hired employee’s wage complies with both provincial and federal standards, taking into account the salaries of Canadians and permanent residents.
  • Develop a transition plan for high-wage LMIA applications, mandated for all second or subsequent submissions for the same occupation at the same location.

Navigating the Work Permit Process in Quebec

While Quebec’s facilitated work permit process offers certain exemptions, it’s crucial to note that employers are still required to apply for an LMIA. This nuanced approach aims to strike a balance between facilitating hiring and maintaining regulatory standards.

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The Transition Plan

The transition plans become pivotal, specifically for subsequent LMIA applications for the same occupation and location. This strategic requirement aims to ensure a smooth integration of foreign workers into the Quebec workforce.

Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) Quebec Pilot Project

Until December 31st, 2024, a window of opportunity awaits employers in certain Training, Education, Experience, and Responsibilities (TEER) 4 and 5 occupations. These roles enjoy exemptions from advertising and recruitment requirements, offering a time-sensitive advantage for swift foreign worker recruitment.

Quebec stands at the forefront of innovative solutions for employers seeking to enhance their workforce with international talent. By understanding and navigating the unique exemptions, requirements, and pilot projects, employers can unlock a faster and more efficient process for hiring foreign workers in the province.

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