Today, the Minister of Employment, Carla Qualtrough, and the IRCC Minister, Sean Fraser, announced the inclusion of NOC Skill level C (National Occupational Classification) into Traitement Simplifié (Simplified Processing). This announcement came in as planned implementation of the next phase of the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) Program Quebec Pilot Project.
This will come into effect from May 24, 2022. Previously, employers were only able to hire high skilled occupations (NOC O, A, or B). The pilot project for employers in Quebec will run until December 31, 2023.
As per press release, “Once implemented, foreign nationals will be able to apply for an open work permit that will allow them to work for nearly any employer in Quebec before submitting their application for permanent residence to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.”
To put it in simple words as per tweet by IRCC Minister, Sean Fraser. “Canada will issue open work permits to foreign nationals selected for permanent residence by Quebec, who will then be able work for nearly any employer before submitting their application for permanent residence to IRCC.“
In February 2022, Canada added 337,000 jobs, bringing the unemployment rate to 5.5%—the lowest since the start of the pandemic. As per Statistics Canada, the unemployment rate in Quebec ended 2021 at 4.6%. This was near the pre-pandemic low of February 2020.
The These new measures will allow future permanent residents to move to Quebec right away and begin working and settling into their new home. With a province-restricted open work permit, newcomers will have the flexibility to move quickly between positions in Quebec to grow their careers and gain new work experiences.
“As Canada continues to grow its economy and recover from the pandemic, addressing our labour market needs is a top priority. We recognize the significant labour shortages that many sectors are facing in Quebec, and these new measures will have a positive impact on the workers, employers and communities that need them.”– Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Sean Fraser
“Our government is continuing to renew and modernize the Temporary Foreign Worker Program to ensure that it meets the changing needs of our workforce. This pilot program is an example of how strong collaboration can help us find innovative solutions to address labour shortages, and build the strong, skilled workforce Quebec and Canada need to support our growing economy.”– Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough