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New work permit for Quebec skilled workers now open for applications

OTTAWA, ON, May 24, 2022 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada is committed to addressing the acute labour shortages being felt across the country as a result of Canada's strong economic recovery from the pandemic. Newcomers to Canada will continue to play a pivotal role in strengthening our communities, providing much-needed skills and labour in both the short and long terms.

Today, the Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced that the International Mobility Program Plus (IMP+), a new work permit option for Quebec-selected permanent residence candidates, is now open for applications.

Until now, Quebec-selected skilled workers from abroad had to wait until their permanent residence application was approved before they could begin living and working in the province. With the IMP+ work permit, an applicant who has been selected for permanent residence by Quebec, but who currently lives elsewhere, will be able to move to the province and begin working and getting settled sooner.

To qualify for a province-restricted open work permit through the IMP+, a foreign national must:

If approved, the applicant will receive a 3-year province-restricted open work permit, allowing them to work for nearly any employer in Quebec. Study permits and open work permits will also be available to accompanying family members through existing measures.

IMP+ will be subject to an application intake cap of 14,700 in 2022, reflecting that those who received CSQs over the past few years may be eligible. Starting in 2023, the annual application intake cap will be set at 7,350 per year. 

This new open work permit will help address labour shortages across Quebec, while continuing to promote Canada as a top destination for global talent.


"As Canada's economy continues to grow and recover from the pandemic, addressing the labour market challenges faced by employers is a top priority. We recognize that labour shortages are particularly critical for many sectors in Quebec, and the IMP+ initiative will speed up the arrival of skilled workers to the province and help newcomers quickly settle into their new communities."
? The Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

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