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Quebec Facilitates Hiring of Temporary Foreign Workers

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The Quebec government has finally reached an agreement with the federal government to implement new measures to meet the province’s labor shortage problem. The new measures will make it easier for employers to hire foreign workers in Quebec. 
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Published on:  Aug 26, 2021
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The Quebec government has finally reached an agreement with the federal government to implement new measures to meet the province’s labor shortage problem. The new measures will make it easier for employers to hire foreign workers in Quebec. See Quebec Immigration for in-depth information on its programs.

Quebec is the first province to reach an agreement with the federal government to resolve its current labor crisis. Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the preexisting labor shortage has become worse, hampering the growth of the Quebec economy. 

What Are the New Measures Introduced by the Federal Government?

The federal government has introduced 3 new measures as follows:

  • Flexibility in the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) to facilitate the hiring of foreign workers
  • Allowing certain Certificate of Selection (Certificat de sélection du Québec, CSQ) holders to apply for open work permits while waiting for a decision on their permanent residence application
  • Allowing CSQ holders abroad to apply for an open work permit while waiting for a decision on their permanent residence application

What Changes Will be Made to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP)?

The TFWP allows employers in Quebec to hire foreign workers. The federal government has increased the rate of foreign worker employment from 10% to 20% for certain sectors and occupations. The Quebec government will work with the Commission des Partenaires du Marché du Travail, a provincial body responsible for bringing all market shareholders together, to identify these sectors. 

What Work Permit Will Be Provided to the CSQ Holders?

The federal government approved the Quebec government’s request to issue open work permits to certain temporary workers waiting for a decision on their permanent residence application in Quebec. Temporary foreign workers will be eligible to apply for a Bridging Open Work Permit (BOWP) starting August 31, 2021. Applicants must have a CSQ in the skilled worker category and a receipt confirming their application for permanent residence.

This work permit will be issued for 2 years and may be renewed for another 1 year. However, the work permit will allow the holders to be employed in Quebec only. The accompanying spouse or common-law partner will also be eligible for this work permit.

What Other Measures Were Introduced by the Federal and Quebec Government?

The federal and the Quebec government have decided to launch a new immigration pathway under the International Mobility Program (IMP). This pathway will be known as the IMP+. This pathway will allow 7000 CSQ holders who are still abroad to apply for a work permit. This way, they will be able to arrive in Quebec and start their employment while waiting for their permanent residence application to be processed.

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