Quebec Government Amends the Facilitated Labour Market Impact Assessment (FLMIA)

Quebec Government Amends the Facilitated Labour Market Impact Assessment (FLMIA)

Important changes have been made to the Facilitated Labour Market Impact Assessment (FLMIA) by the Government of Quebec. This program is designed to allow Quebec employers wishing to hire foreign workers in certain professions to obtain a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) without having to recruit their employees from Canada.

The Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) is a requirement for Quebec employers wishing to recruit foreign workers. It is also often the prerequisite that foreign workers must fultill in order to pursue and obtain a Temporary Work Permit (TRP). In order to fulfill this requirement, the employer must advertise the position for a minimum of two weeks on the government’s Emploi Quebec website. In certain cases, additional recruitment efforts may be required.

The Facilitated Labour Market Impact Assessment (FLMIA) allows employers to circumvent the recruitment portion required to obtain an LMIA. This provides employers a less time-consuming opportunity to obtain employees from abroad.

The following fields, and their respective National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes, may be eligible to obtain an FLMIA, effective from February 24, 2015:

1111 Financial Auditors and Accountants

1121 Human Resources Professionals
1222 Executive Assistants

1223 Human Resources and Recruitment Officers

1225 Purchasing agents and Officers
2131 Civil Engineers

2132 Mechanical Engineers
2146 Aerospace Engineers
2147 Computer Engineers (Except Software Engineers/Designers)
2171 Information Systems Analysts and Consultants
2173 Software Engineers and Designers
2174 Computer Programmers and Interactive Media Developers

2175 Web Designers and Developers
2232 Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians

2233 Industrial Engineering and Manufacturing Technologists and Technicians

2234 Construction Estimators
2253 Drafting Technologists and Technicians

2281 Computer Network Technicians
3111 Specialist Physicians
3112 General Practitioners and Family Physicians
3131 Pharmacists
3141 Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists
3142 Physiotherapists
3143 Occupational Therapists
3152 Registered Nurses
3211 Medical Laboratory Technologists and Pathologists’ Assistants
3214 Respiratory Therapists, Clinical Perfusionists and Cardiopulmonary Technologists
3215 Medical Radiation Technologists
3233 Licensed Practical Nurses
4131 College and Other Vocational Instructors
4152 Social Workers
5131 Producers, Directors, Choreographers and Related Occupations

5241 Graphic Designers and Illustrators
6221 Technical Sales Specialists – Wholesale Trade
7312 Heavy-Duty Equipment Mechanics
7321 Automotive Service Technicians, Truck and Bus Mechanics and Mechanical Repairers
7333 Electrical Mechanics