Quebec Employers to Hire more Foreign Temporary Workers

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Quebec Employers to Hire more Foreign Temporary Workers

Quebec workplaces can now have up to 20% temporary foreign workers on staff.

These measures were announced previously to allow Quebec employers to hire more Foreign Temporary Workers and came into effect on January 10.

Quebec jobs can now support up to 20% of temporary workers instead of 10%. This measure applies to companies in the following specific sectors identified by Quebec:

  • Retail Trade excluding Food;
  • Accommodation and Food Services;
  • Food, Beverage and Tobacco Manufacturing;
  • Management of Companies and Enterprises and Administrative, Support and Other Services;
  • Health Care;
  • Forestry and Logging;
  • Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing;
  • Plastic and Rubber Product Manufacturing;
  • Wood Product Manufacturing.

 This move is the latest in a series of provincial initiatives to provide greater flexibility to Quebec employers hired through the Foreign Temporary Workers Program (TFWP).

On December 6, 2021, Quebec announced that certain low-skilled and non-skilled occupations (Level D) of the National Occupational Classification (NOC) would be exempt from TFWP advertising and recruitment requirements.

On August 31, 2021, the government announced a bridging open work for foreign temporary workers in Quebec, selected by Quebec as skilled workers, to work for their employers selected during their full-time application.

 The International Mobility Program (IMP) is also expected to create a new pass called IMP +, resulting in the issuance of 7,000 LMIA exempt work permits annually to overseas CSQ holders. IMP + allows these individuals to accelerate their employment in Quebec and meet the labor needs of key sectors.

 These changes are part of a pilot project underway until December 31, 2024, aimed at increasing the number of foreign temporary workers in Quebec companies in urgent need for employees. It is said that. Quebec ended in 2021 with Canada’s lowest unemployment rate of 4.6%. Nationally, the unemployment rate in December was 5.9%, close to pre-pandemic levels, according to the latest data from Statistics Canada.


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