• Canada: Higher Minimum Salaries for Select IT Occupations in British Columbia and Quebec
  • January 17, 2011
  • Law Firm: Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP - New York Office
  • Effective February 1, 2011, Canadian authorities are raising the minimum salary requirement by as much as thirty percent for foreign information technology (IT) workers working in British Columbia or Quebec under Canada’s facilitated processing program.

    The facilitated processing program exempts employers from the labor market opinion requirement for seven types of IT occupations. The program expired last fall in every Canadian province and territory except British Columbia and Quebec and it will only be in effect in British Columbia through March 31, 2011. The government’s most recent announcement suggested that the facilitated processing program will also expire in Quebec on March 31, 2011, but Canadian and Quebec immigration authorities have yet to make an official announcement on this point.

    The seven IT occupations that qualify for the exemption in British Columbia and Quebec are Senior Animation Effects Editors, Embedded Systems Software Designers, MIS Software Designers, Multimedia Software Developers, Software Developers (Services), Software Products Developers, and Telecommunications Software Designers.

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