Arisnel Mesidor, M.A., RCIC
The bureaucracy in Quebec slows recruitment of foreign workers
Quebec, unlike other provinces, has an advantage and can facilitate the hiring of foreign workers in more than 200 in-demand professions under the Canada-Quebec Accord and the Canadian Constitution.
An employer who decides to recruit a foreign worker must request the Federal Government to obtain a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) and then to the provincial government to get a Quebec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ).
The problem is that CAQ can only be submitted by mail and be signed by workers living overseas, who usually do not understand French. While Quebec has simplified its list for hiring foreign workers, the added bureaucracy makes it more difficult for employers to recruit new workers and reduce labour shortages.
Job offer validation is also done via mail by employers to aid foreign workers in obtaining permanent residence. The process is not only outdated, but also detrimental to both employers and employees who can't follow up on their requests in real-time and have unrealistic expectations of how long it will take to process their requests.