These Quebec Employers Can Now Hire More Temporary Foreign Workers

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These Quebec Employers Can Now Hire More Temporary Foreign Workers
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Canada immigration news: Certain Quebec employers struggling to find staff are now allowed to hire more temporary foreign workers.

As of January 10, 2022, businesses in nine specific sectors ranging from food to health care and manufacturing are allowed staff hired through the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) to make up 20 percent of their workforce. The previous limit was 10 percent.

The change was initially announced in November by provincial authorities but has now been agreed by Canada’s federal government.


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Quebec is currently in the grip of a chronic labour shortage as it battles the latest wave of COVID-19.

The province has some of the strictest lockdown measures in Canada, including a curfew, the closure of schools and restaurant dining rooms.

But prior to the lockdown, businesses were struggling to find workers, with some having to close on certain days of the week.

Hence why the provincial government moved to relax TFWP limitations for certain occupations.


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

Also part of the November announcement 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 December 6, 2021.


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

As part of the November announcement, Quebec also said it would continue 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.

The 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

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 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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