New Jobs Added In Expansion Of Quebec’s Facilitated LMIA Process

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Canada immigration news: Quebec has greatly expanded its list of jobs in high demand for which employers do not need to demonstrate they have tried to hire suitably-qualified Canadians.

The Ministry of Immigration, Francisation and Integration (MIFI) updates its list of occupations that qualify for Quebec’s  facilitated Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) process through the Temporary Foreign Worker Program every year. 


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Last year, dozens of job categories that were considered in high demand in 2020 were axed from the list as COVID-19’s second wave continued to rage throughout Canada and slowed down economic activity.

But that was then. 

In their latest Provincial Economic Forecast: Strong Growth Likely in 2022, Although Downside Risks Loom, TD Economics’ economists expect Quebec to boom this year after rebounding strongly from the pandemic last year.

Their forecast? Expect real GDP growth and employment growth of 3.6 per cent in La Belle Province this year.

That means employers faced with labour shortages will once again be looking to qualified foreign nationals to fill many of those jobs.

The province is working to make it easier, adding an additional 58 occupations that are exempt from the LMIA process. Those newly-added jobs and their National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes are:

  • 0113 purchasing managers
  • 0211 engineer managers
  • 0513 recreation directors
  • 0601 corporate sales managers
  • 0631 restaurant and food service managers
  • 0632 hotel, motel and resort managers
  • 0731 transportation operations managers
  • 0811 natural resources production and fishing managers
  • 0912 landfill manager
  • 1123 publicity agent
  • 1211 supervisors, general office and administrative support workers
  • 1221 administrative officers
  • 1226 conference and event planners
  • 1241 administrative assistants
  • 1253 records management technicians
  • 1254 statistical officers and workers
  • 2144 geological engineer
  • 2152 landscape architects
  • 2211 chemical technologists and technicians
  • 2212 geological and mineral technologists and technicians
  • 2221 biological technologists and technicians
  • 2242 electronic service technicians
  • 2244 avionics mechanic
  • 2251  architectural technologists and technicians
  • 2252 industrial designers
  • 2253 industrial design technicians
  • 2255 technical occupations in geomatics and meteorology
  • 2261 non-destructive testers and inspection technicians
  • 2273 ship pilot
  • 2275 train operators
  • 3223 dental technologists, technicians, and laboratory assistants
  • 3231 opticians
  • 4167 recreation, sports, fitness policy researchers, consultant and program officers
  • 4168 program officers
  • 5111 librarians
  • 5113 archivists
  • 5122 editor
  • 5123 journalists
  • 5225 audio and video recording technicians
  • 5242 interior designers
  • 6311 food service supervisors
  • 6321 chefs
  • 6322 cooks
  • 6342 tailors, dressmakers, furriers, and milliners
  • 6345 upholsterer
  • 7204 contractors and supervisors, carpentry trades
  • 7232 tool and die makers
  • 7241 electricians, except industrial electricians
  • 7243 power system electrician
  • 7244 electrical power line and cable workers
  • 7313 heating, refrigeration, and air conditioning mechanics
  • 7314 railway carmen/carwoman
  • 7315 aircraft mechanic and aircraft inspectors
  • 7322 autobody worker
  • 7372 driller, quarry
  • 9217 supervisors in textile, fabric, fur and leather products
  • 9224 laminating foreman/woman
  • 9232 central control and process operators in petroleum, gas and chemical processing

Although Quebec is generally expanding its list of occupations exempt from the LMIA process, some positions on the list last year did not make the cut for 2022 and have been dropped from this year’s list. Those occupations include:

  • 0422 supervisors / school principals and administrators / administrators of education at primary and secondary school programs 
  • 1212  professional occupations in business management consulting 
  • 1213  supervisors, finance and insurance office workers
  • 1251  medical administrative assistants
  • 1252 health information management occupations
  • 1315 insurers / underwriters
  • 2146  aerospace engineers
  • 2224  natural and fishery technicians
  • 3221  denturists
  • 4156  employment counselors
  • 5223  graphic arts technicians
  • 6211  sales supervisors – retail
  • 6235  financial sales representatives
  • 7245  telecommunications line and cable workers
  • 7331  oil and solid fuel burner installers

Quebec’s new list of occupations eligible for the facilitated LMIA process took effect Feb. 24.

Facilitated LMIA Occupations For 2022

NOC Code

Occupation

0111

financial managers

0112

human resources managers

0113 

purchasing 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

0211 

engineering managers

0213

it system managers *

0311

managers in health care

0421

administrators – post-secondary education and vocational training  (only for educational

 institutions designated  and recognized  by the ministry of education and higher education 

or another ministry or agency authorized by the state)

0423

case managers

0513

recreation directors

0601

corporate sales managers

0631

restaurant and food service managers

0632

hotel, motel, and resort managers

0711

managers in social, community and correctional services

0712

construction managers

0731

transportation operations managers

0811

natural resources production and fishing managers

0821

home construction managers and renovators

0822

managers in agriculture

0911

horticulture managers

0912

landfill manager

1111

manufacturing managers

1112

financial auditors and accountants

1113

financial analysts and investment analysts

1114

securities agents, investment agents and traders

1121

financial planners and financial advisers  (only this name)

1122

human resources professionals

1123

publicity agent

1211

supervisors, general office and administrative support workers

1214

supervisors, library, correspondence and other information workers

1215

postal and courier service supervisors

1221

administrative officers

1222

supervisors, supply chain, tracking and scheduling co-ordination occupations

1223

executive assistants

1224

human resources and recruitment officers

1225

property management officers

1226

conference and event planners

1241

administrative assistants

1243

purchasing agents

1252

health information management occupations

1253

records management technicians

1254

statistical officers and workers

1311

health information management occupations

1312

accounting technicians and bookkeepers

1313

insurance adjusters and claims examiners

2112

chemists

2113

geoscientists  and oceanographers

2121

biologists and related scientists

2122

forest science 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

2144

geological engineer

2147

computer engineers (except software engineers and designers  ) *

2151

architects

2152

landscape architects

2153

urban and land use planners

2154

land surveyors / surveyors

2161

mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries *

2171

computer analysts and consultants *

2172

database analysts and data administrators *

2173

software engineers and designers *

2174

programmers and interactive media developers *

2175

web designers and developers *

2211

chemical technologists and technicians

2212

geological and mineral technologists and technicians

2221

biological technologists and technicians

2223

forest science technologists and technicians

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

electronic and electrical engineering technologists and technicians

2242

electronic service technicians

2243

industrial instrument technicians and mechanics

2244

avionics mechanic

2252

industrial designers

2253

industrial design technicians

2254

land survey technologists and technicians

2255

technical occupations in geomatics and meteorology

2261

non-destructive testers and inspection technicians

2263

public health, environment and occupational health and safety inspectors

2264

construction inspectors

2273

ship pilot

2275

train operator

2281

computer network technicians *

2282

user support workers

2283

computer systems assessors and the video game tester designation  *

3011

nursing co-ordinators and supervisors

3012

registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses / registered psychiatric nurses

3111

specialist doctors

3112

general practitioners and family physicians

3113

dentists

3114

vets

3121

optometrists

3122

chiropractor / chiropractors

3124

related primary health care practitioners

3131

chemists / 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 pathology assistants

3213

animal health technologists and veterinary technicians

3214

respiratory therapists,   cardiovascular perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists

3215

medical radiation technologists

3219

technical assistants in pharmacy  (only this name)

3222

hygienists and dental therapists

3223

dental technologists, technicians, and laboratory assistants

3231

opticians

3233

licensed practical nurses

3234

paramedics

4011

university professors and lecturers

4012

post-secondary teaching and research assistants

4021

college teachers and other vocational training instructors  (only for educational institutions 

designated by the ministry of education and higher education or another government

 department or agency)

4031

secondary school teachers  (only for educational institutions designated  and recognized by

 the ministry of education and higher education or another ministry or agency authorized

 by the state)

4032

elementary and preschool teachers  (only for educational institutions designated  and 

recognized  by the ministry of education and higher education or another ministry or 

agency authorized by the state)

4033

school information consultants

4112

lawyers (everywhere in canada) and notaries (in quebec)

4151

psychologists

4152

social workers

4153

marriage therapists / marriage therapists, family therapists / family therapists and psychoeducators / psychoeducators  (only this name)

4161

natural and applied sciences researchers, consultants and program officers

4162

economists, researchers and economic policy analysts

4163

economic development officers, marketers and marketing 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

4167

recreation, sports, fitness policy researchers, consultant and program officers

4168

program officers

4211

legal technicians  (only this name)

4212

social and community service workers

4214

early childhood educators and assistants  (whose employer is authorized to 

hire is an educational institution designated and recognized by the 

ministère de l’éducation et de l’enseignement supérieur or another ministry or 

an authorized agency of the state, or a daycare service recognized by the ministry of family)

4215

instructors of persons with disabilities

4312

firefighters

5111

librarians

5113

archivists

5122

editor

5123

journalists

5125

translators, terminologists and interpreters

5131

producers, directors, choreographers and the name  technical, creative and artistic 

directors, technical, creative and artistic directors and project managers – visual 

effects and video games *

5211

library and public archive technicians

5225

audio and video recording technicians

5241

graphic designers and illustrators *

5242

interior designers and decorators

5254

program leaders and instructors in recreation, sports, and fitness

6221

technical sales specialists – wholesale trade

6231

insurance agents and brokers

6311

food service supervisors

6314

information and customer service supervisors

6321

chefs

6322

cooks

6331

butchers, meat cutters and fishmongers – wholesale and retail

6342

tailors, dressmakers, furriers, and milliners

6345

upholsterer

7201

supervisors, machinists and metal forming, profiling and assembling trades personnel

 (only this designation)

7202

electricity and telecommunications foremen / women  (only this designation)

7204

contractors and supervisors, carpentry trades

7205

contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicers

7231

machinists and machining and tooling inspectors

7232

tool and die makers

7233

sheet metal / metal workers

7236

ironworkers

7237

welders and related machine operators

7241

electricians, except industrial electricians

7242

industrial electricians

7243

power system electrician

7244

electrical power line and cable workers

7246

telecommunications equipment installers and repairers

7251

plumbers

7252

steamfitters, pipefitters and sprinkler system installers

7271

carpenters / carpenters

7281

bricklayers / bricklayers

7282

concrete finishers

7283

tiles / finishers

7284

plasterers / drywall installers / applicators and pavers / finishers and interior systems  drywall /

lathers

7291

roofers and shinglers

7292

glaziers 

7293

insulators

7294

painters and decorators (except interior decorators)

7295

floor covering installers

7301

mechanical foreman / woman (only this designation)

7302

supervisors, heavy equipment operator teams  (only this designation)

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/carwoman

7315

aircraft mechanic and aircraft inspectors

7316

machine fitters

7318

elevator constructors and mechanics

7321

motor vehicle, truck and bus mechanics and repairers

7322

autobody worker

7332

appliance servicers and repairers

7333

electromechanical / mechanics

7361

locomotive and yard mechanics

7371

crane / operators

7372

driller, quarry

7381

printing press operators

8211

supervisors, logging

8241

logging machinery operators

8252

foremen / women, agricultural services, supervisors of farms and specialized 

workers in animal husbandry  (only this designation)

8255

landscaping contractors and supervisors

9212

supervisors, petroleum refining, gas and chemical processing, and utilities

9213

supervisors, food, beverage and associated products processing

9214

supervisors, rubber and plastics product manufacturing

9215

supervisors, forest product processing

9217

supervisors in textile, fabric, fur and leather products

9224

laminating foreman/woman

9232

central control and process operators in petroleum, gas and chemical processing

9235

operators in pulp and paper pulping, papermaking and coating operators

9241

power station mechanics and power system operators

9243

water and waste treatment plant operators

But the provincial government is again allowing a grace period of one month this year.

“A transition period of 30 days, from Feb. 24 through to March 24, 2022 is afforded to employers or their representatives,” the immigration ministry states in French on its website. 

“Applications received by the ministry or Employment and Social Development Canada during this period will be considered under the list of occupations permitted under the simplified process in 2021 if the occupation is not on the list currently in effect.”

The list of permitted occupations under the simplified process is created to meet the needs of industry sectors with labour shortages. It includes National Occupational Classification skill types 0, A and B.

Quebec’s immigration ministry has highlighted that some of the occupations on the list are also on the Global Talent Stream List of target occupations. These are highlighted by an asterisk in the list on the province’s website.

Where an occupation qualifies for both processes, applications can be made under either process at the discretion of the employer.

Bullish as it is on economic immigration programs to bring in foreign nationals who will become permanent residents to resolve its labour shortages, Quebec is also trying to bring in more temporary foreign workers.

In early January, the province gave businesses in nine specific sectors ranging from food to health care and manufacturing the green light to hire more staff through the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) to a limit of 20 per cent of their workforce. The previous limit was 10 per cent.

Sectors and professions targeted by the 10 -to -20 per cent increase in the TFW threshold in the low-wage component of the program include:

Sector

NOC

Profession

Retail trade excluding food

6611

cashiers

6622

store shelf stockers, clerks and order fillers

6732

specialized cleaners

Accommodation and catering

6611

cashiers

6711

food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations

6731

light duty cleaners

Manufacture of food, drinks and tobacco

9617

labourers in food, beverage and associated products processing

Management of companies and companies and services administrative, support and others

6731

light duty cleaners

6732

specialized cleaners

6733

janitors, caretakers and building superintendents

8612

landscaping and grounds maintenance labourers

Healthcare

6731

light duty cleaners

Forestry and logging

8616

logging and forestry labourers

Metal manufacturing

9612

labourers in metal fabrication

Plastic and rubber manufacturing

9615

labourers in rubber and plastic products manufacturing

Wood manufacturing

9614

labourers in wood, pulp and paper processing

Also part of Quebec’s announcement in January was a decision to exempt certain professions from external posting requirements, designed to ensure jobs are advertised to Canadians before being offered to temporary foreign workers.

These occupations, falling under Level D of the National Occupational Classification, include many of the jobs also included in the threshold relaxation.

They have been exempt from external processing requirements since Dec. 6 last year.

Level D professions exempt from the external posting process include:

NOC

Job description

6611

cashiers

6622

store shelf stockers, clerks and order fillers

6711

food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations

6731

light duty cleaners

6732

specialized cleaners

6733

janitors, caretakers and building superintendents

8612

landscaping and grounds maintenance labourers

8616

logging and forestry labourers

9612

labourers in metal fabrication

9614

labourers in wood, pulp and paper processing

9615

labourers in rubber and plastic products manufacturing

9617

labourers in food, beverage and associated products processing

9618

labourers in fish and seafood processing

Quebec is also continuing to pay up to $1,200 for businesses using lawyers or immigration consultants to help them recruit temporary workers

Businesses using lawyers, immigration consultants or notaries can claim back up to half of what they spend, so long as the amount does not exceed $1,200.

Meanwhile, two further measures announced in November are still awaiting federal government approval.

These include NOC Level C professions and NOC Level 0, A and B professions to be added to the list of jobs that qualify for simplified processing through the TFWP.

Quebec says it expects federal approval shortly for the two lists of occupations.

Level C professions added to the list of professions eligible for simplified processing will include:

NOC

Job description

1415

personnel clerks

1434

banking, insurance and other financial clerks

1435

collectors

1522

storekeepers and partspersons

1525

dispatchers

1526

transportation route and crew schedulers

3411

dental assistants

3413

nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates

4413

elementary and secondary school teacher assistants

6411

sales and account representatives

6421

retail salespersons

6531

tour and travel guides

6563

pet groomers and animal care workers

7452

material handlers

7511

transport truck drivers

7512

bus drivers, subway operators and other transit operators

7521

heavy equipment operators (except crane)

7522

public works maintenance equipment operators and related workers

8421

chain saw and skidder operators

8422

silviculture and forestry workers

9411

machine operators, mineral and metal processing

9412

foundry workers

9416

metalworking and forging machine operators

9417

machining tool operators

9418

other metal products machine operators

9422

plastics processing machine operators

9423

rubber processing machine operators and related workers

9431

sawmill machine operators

9436

lumber graders and other wood processing inspectors and graders

9446

industrial sewing machine operators

9461

process control and machine operators, food, beverage and associated products processing

9462

industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers and related workers

9463

fish and seafood plant workers

9532

furniture and fixture assemblers and inspectors

9534

furniture finishers and refinishers

9535

plastic products assemblers, finishers and inspectors

9536

industrial painters, coaters and metal finishing process operators

NOC 0, A and B occupations to be added to the list of professions eligible for simplified processing include:

NOC

Job Description

0113

purchasing managers

0211

engineering managers

0212

architecture and science managers

0601

corporate sales managers

0632

accommodation service managers

1123

professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations

1211

supervisors, general office and administrative support workers

1221

administrative officers

1241

administrative assistants

1314

assessors, valuators and appraisers

2211

chemical technologists and technicians

2212

geological and mineral technologists and technicians

2244

aircraft instrument, electrical and avionics mechanics, technicians and inspectors

2252

industrial designers

2253

drafting technologists and technicians

2261

non-destructive testers and inspection technicians

5111

librarians

5113

archivists

5225

audio and video recording technicians

5242

interior designers and interior decorators

5243

theatre, fashion, exhibit and other creative designers

6222

retail and wholesale buyers

6311

food service supervisors

6313

accommodation, travel, tourism and related services supervisors

6321

chefs

6322

cooks

6332

bakers

6342

tailors, dressmakers, furriers and milliners

7204

contractors and supervisors, carpentry trades

7244

electrical power line and cable workers

7305

supervisors, motor transport and other ground transit operators

7315

aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors

7322

motor vehicle body repairers

9212

supervisors, petroleum, gas and chemical processing and utilities

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