What does Quebec offer to temporary foreign workers?

Posted by in CIC News, on November 27, 2020

Quebec employers seeking to hire temporary foreign workers will have to refer to a new salary guide.

Starting from December 1,  province’s Ministère de l’Immigration de la Francisation et de l’Intégration MIFI will use a new salary guide to verify the wages offered to temporary foreign workers.

 The province’s Ministère de l’Immigration de la Francisation et de l’Intégration has announced that Quebec employers seeking to hire temporary foreign workers will have to refer to a new salary guide. This new update will come into effect from December 1, 2020.

 Quebec employers will have to refer to the 2020 edition of the salary guide instead of the 2018 edition currently in use.

Also, the Government of Quebec has indicated that “offers of temporary employment received by the Ministry on or after December 1, 2020 may be refused if the salary offered for the job is based on the 2018 edition of the Guide des salaires.”

This means that the changes could apply retroactively to applications for work authorization that were submitted prior to December 1, 2020, and are still in process once the changes take effect on that date.

When the immigration ministry will receive a request for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), it will verify whether the salary offered to the temporary foreign worker is equivalent to the salary of a Quebec worker in the same job category and for a corresponding level of experience.

If the offered employment by the employer is covered by a collective decree or agreement, the salary will have to comply with the provisions of that agreement or decree.

If the job offered is not covered by a collective agreement or a decree, the immigration ministry will determine the wage by referring to Emploi-Québec’s Guide des salaires par professions présentés par intervalles selon les quartiles au Québec.  The hourly wage to be applied for a particular occupation is usually established using three categories and determined according to the number of years of work experience required by the employer.

If no salary information is available in the Guide, the immigration ministry will then be referring to the federal wage information available on Canada’s Job Bank.

When one is applying for the work authorization, the salary offered must be based on guaranteed wages only, i.e. that the payment of overtime, tips, indemnities, profit-sharing, bonuses, commissions and any other form of remuneration will not be included in the calculation.

The occupation of the temporary foreign worker is determined based on the National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2016 for all categories of positions in the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP). The NOC is a classification system officially recognized across Canada for the occupations that make up the Canadian labour market.

The skill type and the skill level are the two main categories used to classify occupations in the NOC.

Many Quebec companies and organizations hire foreign workers on a temporary basis. The main reason as to why these workers are brought to the province is because of a labour shortage in certain sectors of activity.

Determining the current and exact salary is important to the immigration procedure to be followed to obtain a temporary work permit in Quebec.

It is important to remember that the process of hiring temporary workers in Quebec also involves several steps and requires several authorizations such as a favourable LMIA and a Quebec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ).

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