|March 3, 2014|
Previously published on February 25, 2014
The government of Québec has released the list of shortage occupations (website in French only) that qualify for expedited work permit adjudication in 2014. Foreign nationals with offers of temporary employment in one of the designated professions in Québec benefit from streamlined procedures. Applicants still require a labor market opinion (LMO), but the LMO process is exempted from standard recruitment requirements.
The updated list of shortage occupations is largely the same as that for 2013. The list includes IT systems managers, mechanical and IT engineers, web technicians and graphic designers. New to the list for 2014 are web designers and developers. Information systems managers and restaurant and food service managers were removed from the list.
The new shortage occupation list is effective as of February 24, 2014. For a 30-day transition period, however, occupations on either the current or previous list will benefit from expedited processing.