April 2, 2019 – Canada’s immigration ministry says French-speaking foreign doctors coming to work in underserved regions of Quebec are exempt from Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) requirements under significant benefit rules.
The move is designed to meet the needs of Quebec’s Department of Health and Social Services (MSSS), which has a shortage of French-speaking physicians in underserved regions.
A program delivery update said: “To meet the needs of the Quebec Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux (MSSS) and to address a shortage of French-speaking physicians in underserved regions, IRCC has committed to making it easier to get a work permit with a LMIA exemption under exemption code C10 (significant benefit).”
Those applying from outside Canada qualify for two-week application processing via the Global Talent Stream, which falls under the Global Skills Strategy.
To qualify, foreign physicians must:
1) Be selected for an assessment period or adaptation period lasting 13 consecutive weeks, including a week of observation, in an accredited university clinical setting or any other clinical setting designated by the Collège des Médecins du Québec (CMQ)
2) Have subsequently obtained a restrictive permit issued by the CMQ and valid for a maximum of 5 years are eligible to apply for a work permit under C10.
Doctors with a regular practise permit do not qualify as they are not obligated to work in an underserved region.
Foreign physicians qualify under LMIA exemption code C10, provided the following requirements are met:
- Complete application package.
- Letter of promise to hire for the application for eligibility for a restrictive permit from the MSSS detailing the significant benefits (the same letter will be used for the renewal).
- Copy of the financial assistance agreement between the health care facility, the foreign physician and the MSSS (work contract).
- Copy of the confirmation letter issued by the CMQ stating that the foreign physician has been admitted to the assessment or adaptation period OR copy of the letter from the CMQ stating that the foreign physician has been granted a restrictive permit.
- Offer of employment completed by the CMQ submitted through the Employer Portal covering the assessment or adaptation period OR offer of employment from the health care facility covering the restrictive permit. The offer of employment must clearly set out the period during which the applicant will work for the health care facility. Health care facilities may offer a period of employment of up to 5 years.
- Valid medical exam.
- Payment in full, to be submitted at the beginning of the process. Applications not accompanied by the full payment will be refused and returned.
- A Quebec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ) is not required.
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