EXPLAINED: Simplified LMIA process to obtain a WORK PERMIT in Québec

August 11, 2017

If you are looking for a work permit in Québec and you have an employer who is willing to help you through the procedure, you might be eligible for the simplified Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) process.


Simplified means that the procedures and processing times for you to obtain the work permit are reduced in order to facilitate your work permit application. For example, some requirements such as advertising the job for other Canadians, are waived in the simplified process.  



The simplified or facilitated LMIA process is aimed towards professions in high demand as well as industry sectors that are currently experiencing labour shortages in Quebec. This list of professions and industry sectors is continuously updated and revised throughout the year.


If your occupation falls under the list below, your requirements such as advertising and transition plan for the LMIA application will be simplified. 


Here is the list of occupations and their NOC (National Occupation Code) that currently qualify for the simplified LMIA work permit applications:



0111   Financial managers

0124   Advertising, marketing and public relations managers

1111   Financial auditors and accountants

1112   Financial and investment analysts

1121   Human resources professionals

1222   Corporate secretary (only this title)

1223   Human resources and recruitment officers

1225   Purchasing agents (only this title)

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   Web designers and developers

2225   Landscape and horticulture technicians and specialists

2231   Civil engineering technologists and technicians

2232   Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians

2233   Industrial engineering and manufacturing technologists and technicians

2234   Construction estimators

2241   Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians

2253   Drafting technologists and technicians

2281   Computer network technicians

2282   User support technicians

2283   Application and video game tester (only this title)

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 therapist (only this title)

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

6321   Chefs (only this title)

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 (except textile)

7312   Heavy-duty equipment mechanics

7321   Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers

7333   Electrical mechanics


Click on each occupation to see if your job duties and employment requirements match the listed one. 


You can also visit IRCC's website to find out more about the facilitated LMIA procedure: https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/foreign-workers/quebec/simplified-process.html





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