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Questions about international recruitment procedures in Quebec

Our international recruitment system is structured so that the immigration procedures for Quebec are triggered even before the candidates are selected. This way, they can professionally meet the needs of companies, and comply with the various immigration ministries’ requirements.

Whether it’s for specialized positions or day labourers and operators, we cover all professions. Candidates are selected according to their skills.

No. Successful applicants will receive a “closed” work permit, which requires them to work for the employer named on the work permit.

We establish a schedule together for the recruitment process. This is particularly important if the company decides to travel to select candidates. Next follows the immigration process. Depending on the country of origin, the position offered and the candidate’s profile, procedures can vary between 2 and 6 months.

We organize 2 to 3 recruitment missions per year to different destinations. Travel impacted by COVID-19 has allowed us to organize highly targeted and effective virtual missions – the only difference is that you do not move, thanks to the Strategis method, which is adapted to the circumstances. At any time, we can also create tailor-made recruiting assignments if you plan to recruit 20 or more employees.

We have developed the following recruitment pools at the request of employers: Colombia, Mexico, Costa Rica, Chile, France and Reunion Island, Belgium, Portugal, and the Philippines. Our recruitments in France allow us to centralize the recruitment of candidates from the Maghreb, Africa (Cameroon and Senegal), and Eastern Europe.

No, we work directly in the field with our staff. We want to keep the quality control of applicants and avoid the costs of intermediaries. The sole exception is the Philippines, which requires us to obtain specific authorizations through agents approved by the local government.

Yes, we organize virtual recruitment missions. You will be able to see your candidates, chat with them, and have aptitude tests and practical tests. Several formulas have been developed. This method is generally required for day labourers and production operators. However, companies also recruit welders, machinists, mechanics, and the like through a virtual mission using the same process.

When a company signs up for a recruiting assignment, it is welcomed individually, without any competing companies, and with the attention of the entire management team. In addition, we supply a selection of candidates specifically for the employer, without any exchange of the needs of another employer, and vice-versa.

An international recruitment mission generally lasts 3 to 4 days, depending on the number of candidates to be recruited.

A lump sum is determined according to the number of candidates to be recruited, and whether the position is specialized or not. This package covers recruitment fees, as well as immigration procedures to obtain the work permit, and visa, if required. Government fees are extra. Under no circumstances will the candidate have to pay additional fees for their recruitment or their own immigration procedure.

Some ministries require regulatory documents, and therefore translation costs should be included. In addition, depending on the country, fees for biometrics and medical examinations will be required.

Yes. We have advisors who will communicate with you throughout the process. Welcoming and integrating newcomers is very important. To ensure your recruitment, you must surround yourself with the support of people who will help you in this welcoming process. In due course, we will direct you to appropriate resources, or can offer you additional service directly.

To recruit a foreign worker, there are several steps. The first is to obtain authorization from the government, which will verify that no Quebec or Canadian could fill the position you are seeking to fill. Depending on the job, it is necessary to carry out an LMIA (Labor Market Impact Request).

At the same time, you must select the right candidate according to your needs.

When you have government clearance and have recruited the right candidate, they should apply for a work permit. When this is approved, the candidate can then come to Canada.

To recruit a foreign worker in Quebec, there are several steps.

The first is to make sure that you carry out recruitment efforts in the Canadian labour market to verify whether a permanent resident or Canadian citizen could fill the position you are seeking to fill.

At the same time, you continue to select the right candidate according to your needs.

Then, depending on the position and the candidate’s profile, we determine the type of work permit that is most appropriate, with or without an LMIA-CAQ exemption.

If an LMIA (Labor Market Impact Study) is required, it will be necessary to proceed in 2 steps – either obtain an LMIA and a CAQ, and then proceed to the work permit application, or by a Canadian visa office or at the point of entry, as applicable.

For LMIA-exempt work permits, the procedure is to apply directly to the IRCC for a work permit, after validating the job offer on the Employer Portal (IRCC).

When everything is finished, the candidate can come to Canada, and the Canadian Border Services Officer (CBSA) will issue a work permit at the point of entry regardless of the type of permit with LMIA-CAQ or exemption.

Immigrate and work in Quebec

Our mission aims to contribute to the economic and social development of Quebec, above all by promoting the growth of businesses through the establishment of immigration selected and integrated with the needs of employers and host regions.