Procedure for a worker in a low-wage position
 
 
 
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Procedure for a worker in a low-wage position

You have found an employer in Québec who wishes to hire you temporarily in a low-wage position?

Usually, you must obtain a Certificat d'acceptation du Québec (CAQ - Québec Acceptance Certificate) for temporary work. Verify if you are exempt from the obligation to obtain a CAQ.

You must send your employer everything they need to obtain a CAQ in your name, specifically:

  • the Application for Certificate of acceptance (CAQ) for temporary work, duly completed and signed. Be sure to correctly complete the section entitled Authorization given to employer to authorize your employer to represent you in your procedure with the Ministère.
  • the supporting documents required to process your application for a CAQ. If the documents are written in a language other than French or English, they must be translated by a translator officially recognized in your country of residence. These documents must carry the translator’s seal and signature.
  • payment of the fees required by the Government of Québec to review your application for a CAQ. Note that these fees can be paid by your employer.

Important: Jobs for a period of 30 days or less do not require a CAQ.

The employer then follows the procedure with the Ministère de l'Immigration, de la Diversité et de l'Inclusion and Service Canada.

What happens after an application has been submitted?

If the application submitted by your employer is accepted by the Ministère de l'Immigration, de la Diversité et de l'Inclusion and Service Canada, you must apply to the Government of Canada for a work permit. For more information, visit the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website.

If applicable, you (as well as every member of your family) must meet the Government of Canada’s health and security requirements to obtain a work permit. If a medical examination is required, it must be performed by a physician designated by Citizenship and Immigration Canada and fees are applicable.

Your spouse must also obtain certain authorizations if he or she wishes to work, take part-time courses or register for a French course. The same applies for your school-age children.

Note that the timeframe for obtaining documents authorizing you to come work in Québec can be several months. This period can vary depending on your country of origin.

Upon your arrival

In the first days following your arrival in Québec:

  • Submit your application to the Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec (Québec Health Insurance Plan) as soon as possible. You will obtain a health insurance card that will give you access to medical care and hospitalization services. Note that coverage under this plan is usually granted for the duration of the validity of the work permit and is subject to a waiting period of three months.
  • However, under the work contract signed with your employer, your employer has agreed to provide you with free health insurance coverage equivalent to that of the Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ), until you are entitled to RAMQ benefits.

 

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