Quebec Businesses Recruiting Temporary Workers Can Claim Back $1,200 In Lawyer Fees

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Quebec Businesses Recruiting Temporary Workers Can Claim Back $1,200 In Lawyer Fees
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Canada immigration news: Businesses using lawyers or immigration consultants to help them recruit Temporary Foreign Workers can claim back up to $1,200 from the provincial government.

The extension of the benefit was among a number of Temporary Foreign Worker Program changes announced earlier in November by Jean Boulet, Minister of Labour and Deputy Minister of Immigration.

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.


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The measure was initially announced in October 2019 but was extended as part of the action plan for workers announced by Quebec’s Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Solidarity earlier this month.

“The measure makes it possible, in particular, to reimburse up to 50% of eligible costs for an international recruiting activity, without exceeding $ 1,200,” the document says in French.

The same action plan saw Quebec outline how it will make it easier for employers to hire overseas candidates in a slew of high-demand occupations through the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP).

The province has published lists of jobs it has submitted to the federal government that will qualify for:

  • simplified work permit processing, 
  • exemptions from posting and recruitment efforts, and 
  • 10% to 20% increases in thresholds of TFWs per workplace.

Important sectors covered by the new rules include retail trade, accommodation and catering as well as food processing, where the labour shortages are sharpest.

The changes come following an August 4 agreement between the Quebec and federal governments, that action was needed on the TFWP and International Mobility Program.

Following that agreement, on October 13, Quebec adopted a resolution of employers and unions highlighting the importance of foreign workers in addressing the provincial labour shortage.

The lists, included below, were sent to the federal government on November 1. The temporary changes are expected to be in place until the end of 2023.


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

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


Level D professions exempt from the external posting process

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


Sectors and professions targeted by the 10% to 20% increase in the TFW threshold per workplace, in the low-wage component

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


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

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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