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Quebec Employers Can Now Hire More Temporary Foreign Workers

On January 10, 2022 – Quebec got green light from the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough for implementation of the increased maximum number of TFWs (Temporary Foreign Workers) allowed in low-wage positions. Effective from January 10, 2022 to December 31, 2024 – industrial sectors are now able to hire up to 20% of TFWs in low-wage positions (an increase of 10% for the majority of them). This is applicable for a Quebec pilot project under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP). 

Following is the list of 15 NAICS (North American Industry Classification System):


Also Effective January 12, 2022 and until June 30, 2022, Employment and Social Development Canada has suspended minimum advertising requirements for employers applying for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) to hire temporary foreign workers in primary agriculture.

Previously, as of December 6, 2021, and until December 31, 2024, the following National Occupational Classification (NOC) D occupations are exempt from advertising and recruitment requirements.

  • 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
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