Quebec, the largest province in Canada, has good news for foreign workers. The Labor Minister and Acting Minister of Immigration, Jean Boulet, made a public announcement on November 2 regarding the addition of 30 new occupations under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP). The newly added occupation targets the major sectors of the economic activity like accommodation, retail trade, processing, and food services. This newly added occupation will fall under the TFWP to meet the economic needs of Quebec. All the immigration consultants in Bangalore are happy regarding the announcement because of the employment opportunities for the lower-skilled occupations.
Where did it all start?
It all started last August where the Quebec Government reached the Canadian Federal Government for the consultation process for the new agreement. As part of the new agreement, the expansion of the economic activity sectors was initiated. As a result, a new list of occupations was added to the TFWP program, which includes lower-skilled occupations recognized by the Quebec Government. So, the changes implemented in TFWP have opened opportunities for Quebec to hire temporary foreign workers (TFW’s).
Reason behind the hiring:
The foremost reason behind hiring temporary foreign workers is the labor shortage. The Quebec business community adding the extra low-skilled occupation in the program is the major solution to overcome the labor shortage. The issue started before the pandemic and worsened over time. Inturn made the stakeholders and many business groups to increase the number of immigration candidates significantly.
So, for more than five months, the Quebec Government has been asking for flexibility over the TFWP program and to make the application process more simplified. Similarly, one of the reasons for the Quebec Government to emphasize relaxation on the program is recruitment. Recruiting for the low-paying occupation is complex and consumes more time. Most of the low-paying positions need advertising and the employer should complete the Labour Market Impact Assessment procedure for the work permit. Hence, both the Quebec and Canadian Government should approve the documents before recruiting. Therefore, relaxing the norms and adding new occupations in the TFWP will allow the business to have more employees.
Hence, the proposal has been submitted to the Federal Government, and once approved, the necessary measures will be taken and will prevail until December 2023. This change will surely increase the foreign worker’s threshold from 10% to 20%.
So, contact the Armvisas-the Canada immigration consultants in Bangalore to make your future at the right place.