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Quebec Updates the List of Professions for the Facilitated Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) process

On February 24, 2021, Emploi-Québec and the Ministry of Immigration, Frenchisation and Integration (MIFI) established a newly updated list of professions that qualify for the facilitated Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) process in order to obtain a work permit in the province of Quebec.

What is the facilitated LMIA process?

The facilitated LMIA process is aimed at specialized and high wage position, holding a NOC skill level 0, A or B. As such, if an employer is offering a specialized and high wage position included in this list, they must follow the facilitated LMIA process in order to help a foreign national obtain a work permit in the province.

Under a standard LMIA application, the employer is obligated to meet advertising requirements. This means that they must provide evidence of recruitment efforts to hire a Canadian citizen or permanent resident to fill the offered position. However, with the facilitated LMIA process, the employer is exempt from this obligation and therefore, does not need to provide any proof of recruitment efforts when submitting the application.

Similarly, a transition plan is usually required when applying through the standard LMIA process. This transition plan must lay out the steps the employer is committed to take in order to recruit Canadian citizens and permanent residents and reduce the number of temporary foreign workers hired in their company. With the facilitated LMIA process, the employer will be exempt from this obligation only for the first LMIA request for the same position and same location.

How to apply under the facilitated LMIA process?

Since Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) and the MIFI have made an agreement to allow Quebec employers to file LMIA requests under the facilitated process, the employer will need to take the necessary steps to apply with the governments of Canada and Quebec.

As such, employers will need to:

1. Submit the needed documentation to the Service Canada Processing Centre, including:
– LMIA Application form;
– Proof of business.

2. Submit the needed documentation to the MIFI, including:
– LMIA Application form;
– Self- declaration by the employer;
– LMIA processing fee;
– Quebec Certificate of Acceptance form.

What are the professions that qualify for the facilitated LMIA process?

The list of professions qualifying for the facilitated LMIA process was updated on February 24, 2021. The MIFI announced that there will be a 30-day transition period, from February 24, 2021 to March 24, 2021. As such, during this transitional period, employers will be able to apply under the simplified LMIA process if the profession no longer appears in the 2021 list of professions, but is included in the 2020 list.

As of February 24, 2021, the following professions qualify for the facilitated LMIA process:

0111  Financial managers
0112  Human resources managers
0121  Insurance, real estate and financial brokerage managers
0122  Banking, credit and other investment managers
0124  Advertising, marketing and public relations managers
0131  Telecommunication carriers managers
0213  Computer and information systems managers
0311  Managers in health care
0411  Government managers – health and social policy development and program administration
0421 Administrators – post-secondary education and vocational training
0422 School principals and administrators of elementary and secondary education
0423  Managers in social, community and correctional services
0711  Construction managers
0712  Home building and renovation managers
0821  Managers in agriculture
0822  Managers in horticulture
0911  Manufacturing managers
1111  Financial auditors and accountants
1112  Financial and investment analysts
1113  Securities agents, investment dealers and brokers
1114 Other financial officers
1121  Human resources professionals
1122  Professional occupations in business management consulting
1212  Supervisors, finance and insurance office workers
1213  Supervisors, library, correspondence and related information workers
1214  Supervisors, mail and message distribution occupations
1215  Supervisors, supply chain, tracking and scheduling co-ordination occupations
1222  Executive assistants
1223  Human resources and recruitment officerscutive assistants
1224  Property administrators
1225  Purchasing agents and officers
1243  Medical administrative assistants
1251  Court reporters, medical transcriptionists and related occupations
1252  Health information management occupations
1311  Accounting technicians and bookkeepers
1312  Insurance adjusters and claims examiners
1313  Insurance underwriters
1315 Customs, ship and other brokers
2112  Chemists
2113  Geoscientists and oceanographers
2121  Biologists and related scientists
2122  Forestry professionals
2123  Agricultural representatives, consultants and specialists
2131  Civil engineers
2132  Mechanical engineers
2133  Electrical and electronics engineers
2134  Chemical engineers
2141  Industrial and manufacturing engineers
2142  Metallurgical and materials engineers
2143  Mining engineers
2146  Aerospace engineers
2147  Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)
2151  Architects
2153  Urban and land use planners
2154  Land surveyors
2161  Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries
2171  Information systems analysts and consultants
2172  Database analysts and data administrators
2173  Software engineers and designers
2174  Computer programmers and interactive media developers
2175  Web designers and developers
2223  Forestry technologists and technicians
2224  Conservation and fishery officers
2225  Landscape and horticulture technicians and specialists
2231  Civil engineering technologists and technicians
2232  Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians
2233  Industrial engineering and manufacturing technologists and technicians
2234  Construction estimators
2241  Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
2243  Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
2251  Architectural technologists and technicians
2254  Land survey technologists and technicians
2263  Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety
2264  Construction inspectors
2281  Computer network technicians
2282  User support technicians
2283 Information systems testing technicians
3011  Nursing co-ordinators and supervisors
3012  Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
3111  Specialist physicians
3112  General practitioners and family physicians
3113  Dentists
3114  Veterinarians
3121  Optometrists
3122  Chiropractors
3124  Allied primary health practitioners
3131  Pharmacists
3132  Dietitians and nutritionists
3141  Audiologists and speech-language pathologists
3142  Physiotherapists
3143  Occupational therapists
3211  Medical laboratory technologists
3212  Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists’ assistants
3213  Animal health technologists and veterinary technicians
3214  Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists
3215  Medical radiation technologists
3219 Other medical technologists and technicians (except dental health)
3222  Dental hygienists and dental therapists
3223  ntal technologists, technicians and laboratory assistants
3233  Licensed practical nurses
3234  Paramedical occupations
4011  University professors and lecturers
4012  Post-secondary teaching and research assistants
4021  College and other vocational instructors
4031 Secondary school teachers
4032 Elementary school and kindergarten teachers
4033  Educational counsellors
4112  Lawyers and Quebec notaries
4151  Psychologists
4152  Social workers
4153 Family, marriage and other related counsellors
4156  Employment counsellors
4161  Natural and applied science policy researchers, consultants and program officers
4162  Economists and economic policy researchers and analysts
4163  Business development officers and marketing researchers and consultants
4164  Social policy researchers, consultants and program officers
4165  Health policy researchers, consultants and program officers
4166  Education policy researchers, consultants and program officers
4211 Paralegal and related occupations
4212  Social and community service workers
4214 Early childhood educators and assistants
4215  Instructors of persons with disabilities
4312  Firefighters
5125  Translators, terminologists and interpreters
5131 Producers, directors, choreographers and related occupations
5211  Library and public archive technicians
5223  Graphic arts technicians
5241  Graphic designers and illustrators
6211  Retail sales supervisors
6221  Technical sales specialists – wholesale trade
6231  Insurance agents and brokers
6235  Financial sales representatives
6314  Customer and information services supervisors
6331  Butchers, meat cutters and fishmongers – retail and wholesale
7201 Contractors and supervisors, machining, metal forming, shaping and erecting trades and related occupations
7202 Contractors and supervisors, electrical trades and telecommunications occupations
7205 Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicers
7231  Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors
7233  Sheet metal workers
7236  Ironworkers
7237  Welders and related machine operators
7242  Industrial electricians
7245  Telecommunications line and cable workers
7246  Telecommunications installation and repair workers
7251  Plumbers
7252  Steamfitters, pipefitters and sprinkler system installers
7271  Carpenters
7281  Bricklayers
7282  Concrete finishers
7283  Tilesetters
7284  Plasterers, drywall installers and finishers and lathers
7291  Roofers and shinglers
7292  Glaziers
7293  Insulators
7294  Painters and decorators (except interior decorators)
7295  Floor covering installers
7301 Contractors and supervisors, mechanic trades
7302 Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews
7303  Supervisors, printing and related occupations
7311  Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics
7312  Heavy-duty equipment mechanics
7313  Heating, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics
7314  Railway carmen/women
7316  Machine fitters
7318  Elevator constructors and mechanics
7321  Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers
7331  Oil and solid fuel heating mechanics
7332  Appliance servicers and repairers
7333  Electrical mechanics
7361  Railway and yard locomotive engineers
7371  Crane operators
7381  Printing press operators
8211  Supervisors, logging and forestry
8241  Logging machinery operators
8252 Agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers
9213  Supervisors, food and beverage processing
9214  Supervisors, plastic and rubber products manufacturing
9215  Supervisors, forest products processing
9235  Pulping, papermaking and coating control operators
9241  Power engineers and power systems operators
9243  Water and waste treatment plant operators
Serena Nashed

Serena Nashed is an Immigration Attorney and member in good standing at the Quebec Bar, and a member of the Quebec Immigration Lawyers Association (AQAADI). She has a developed interest in assisting foreign nationals gain temporary and permanent residency status in Canada through various programs.

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