Immigration Laws and Regulations 7 February 2024

2024 in Quebec: recent tariff increases and their impact on employers

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The beginning of 2024 marks a period of change with the introduction of new tariff increases that must be taken into account for various aspects of workforce management, especially in the areas of immigration and minimum wage.

Immigration fee adjustments by the MIFI

New amounts for financial self-sufficiency: The Ministry of Immigration, Francization, and Integration (MIFI) has increased the amounts required to demonstrate financial self-sufficiency for immigration applicants. For example, a single principal applicant must now demonstrate having CAD$3,770, an increase from the previous year.

Increase in immigration fees and charges for work permits and permanent selection applications

Fees associated with the temporary acceptance for studies application, the comparative evaluation of studies conducted outside Quebec and temporary work permits have also been increased. Fees for the examination of a temporary acceptance for studies application are set at CAD$128 and those for a comparative evaluation of studies outside Quebec at CAD$134. In the case of fees for work permits and permanent selection applications, charges are CAD$222 for the evaluation of temporary job offers and CAD$895 for a permanent selection application for the principal applicant. These changes directly impact the costs for employers involved in international recruitment.

Minimum wage increase in Quebec

New minimum wage: The Quebec government has increased the minimum wage to CAD$15.75 per hour, a rise that affects all employers in the province. This change raises important questions about the management of wage costs and equity in the workplace.

Wage for tipped employees: The minimum hourly rate for employees receiving tips has also been adjusted to CAD$12.60, reflecting the government’s commitment to supporting workers across all sectors.

Implications of tariff increases for employers

Obligation to respect the minimum wage: It is important for employers to note that adherence to the new minimum wage is mandatory, even if the LMIA (Labour Market Impact Assessment) is approved for a wage of CAD$15.25. This distinction is significant for ensuring compliance with labor standards.

Impact of immigration fees: The increases in immigration fees require special attention from employers who depend on foreign labor, highlighting the importance of adequate financial planning.

Given these changes, the assistance of immigration law experts becomes indispensable for employers. These professionals can provide strategic advice to navigate the new regulations, optimize immigration and foreign worker integration processes, and ensure compliance with legal requirements.

The year 2024 brings its set of challenges and opportunities for employers in Quebec. By staying informed about the tariff increases and proactively engaging with immigration law experts, businesses can effectively adapt to this evolving environment and continue to thrive.

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