Quebec LMIA Requirements

When an employer in Quebec is hiring a worker or professional, certain job advertising may be required to comply with the requirements of a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), unless otherwise exempted by applicable law or regulation(s).


All hiring procedures to Quebec labour market requires an LMIA to be completed before the foreign national can engage in any paid work in Quebec. However, certain category of persons are exempted from the requirement to have an LMIA prior to the work permit application. To read more about LMIA exempt category, click here.


Whilst an LMIA is required, certain categories of occupations are exempted from the LMIA advertising requirements in Quebec. These are known as “facilitated” LMIAs. Occupations that fall under the high-skilled category are eligible for facilitated LMIA. They are:


  • Managerial occupations (NOC Skill Level 0)
  • Professional occupations (NOC Skill Level A)
  • Technical occupations (NOC Skill Level B)


Also, under the facilitated LMIA process in Quebec, the “transition plan”, which is by default a mandatory requirement for all high wage employments is waived off when the LMIA is applied for a candidate’s hiring for the first time. However, the transition plan is required if an LMIA is required for the 2nd time onwards for the candidate (if applying for the same occupation). 


To learn more about the generic LMIA process, click here.


Also, irrespective of the fact if the application falls under the facilitated LMIA category, the wage given to the worker or professional is required to be consistent with the wage offered for the same position for Canadian citizens as well as permanent residents for the same job or occupation in the specific region/geography.


As of 29 April 2017, survey by the CRA (Canada Revenue Agency), the median hourly wages for a person employed in high-wage category is C$ 21 in Quebec (Source: To see the median hourly wages that is in effect in various provinces and territories in Canada, click here.


Proof of job advertisements and/or local recruitment efforts are not applicable if an employer in Quebec is hiring for workers or professionals from outside Canada in the below job categories:

National Occupation Classification (NOC) Code Occupation/Job Designation
111 Financial managers
124 Advertising, marketing and public relations managers
213 Computer and information systems managers
631 Restaurant and food service managers
1111 Financial Auditors and Accountants
1112 Financial and investment analysts
1121 Human resources professionals
1215 Supervisors, supply chain, tracking and scheduling co-ordination occupations
1222 Executive Assistants
1241 Administrative assistants
1243 Medical administrative assistants
1311 Accounting technicians and bookkeepers
2131 Civil Engineers
2132 Mechanical Engineers
2146 Aerospace Engineers
2147 Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)
2171 Information Systems Analysts and Consultants
2173 Software Engineers and Designers
2174 Computer Programmers and Interactive Media Developers
2175 Developers / Web Developers
2231 Civil engineering technologists and technicians
2232 Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians
2234 Estimators / Construction Estimators
2253 Drafting Technologists and Technicians
2281 Technicians / Computer Network Technicians
2282 User support technicians
2283 Information systems testing technicians
3012 Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
3111 Specialist Physicians
3112 General Practitioners and Family Physicians
3131 Pharmacists
3141 Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists
3142 Physiotherapists
3143 Occupational Therapists
3214 Respiratory Therapists, Clinical Perfusionists and Cardiopulmonary Technologists
3215 Medical Radiation Technologists
3222 Dental hygienists and dental therapists
3233 Licensed Practical Nurses
4021 College and other vocational instructors
4152 Social Workers
4212 Social and community service workers
4214 Early childhood educators and assistants
4215 Instructors of persons with disabilities
5131 Producers, Directors, Choreographers and related occupations
5241 Graphic Designers and Illustrators
6221 Technical Sales Specialists – Wholesale Trade
6231 Insurance agents and brokers
6235 Financial sales representatives
6311 Food service supervisors
6321 Chefs
6322 Cooks
7231 Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors
7237 Welders and related machine operators
7246 Telecommunications installation and repair workers
7311 Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics
7312 Heavy-Duty Equipment Mechanics
7315 Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors
7321 Automotive Service Technicians, Truck and Bus Mechanics and Mechanical Repairers
7333 Electrical Mechanics


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