Information Technology Workers to British Columbia

As previously reported on this blog, the Labour Market Opinion exemption for Information Technology workers ended on September 30th.  However, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (“CIC”) advised British Columbia and Quebec employers that they will continue to be exempt from the LMO requirement.  In British Columbia, the exemption will last until September 30, 2011.  In Quebec it will last until further notice.

In British Columbia, employers are now required to notify Service Canada and the Ministry of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development of their intention to hire temporary foreign workers in one seven IT occupations. After notification has been made, the foreign worker can apply for a work permit without having to obtain an LMO.

The seven IT positions that remain LMO-exempt in British Columbia and Quebec are:

  • Senior Animation Effects Editor
  • Embedded Systems Software Designer
  • MIS Software Designer
  • Multimedia Software Designer
  • Software Developer – Services
  • Software Products Developer
  • Telecommunications Software Designer

On January 5, 2011, CIC announced a change in the salary range for British Columbian and Quebec companies wishing to hire foreign workers in one of the above listed positions.  A work permit will not be issued unless the prospective foreign worker’s salary is in line with the following salary ranges:

Facilitated Process for IT Specialists
1997 — Salary Range 2010 — Salary Range*
Job Title
Low High Low High
Senior Animation Effects Editor $65,000 $100,000 $85,000 $130,000
Embedded Systems Software Designer $45,000 $95,000 $60,000 $120,000
MIS Software Designer $45,000 $95,000 $60,000 $120,000
Multimedia Software Designer $35,000 $80,000 $45,000 $100,000
Software Developer – Services $40,000 N/A $50,000 N/A
Software Products Developer $45,000 $95,000 $60,000 $120,000
Telecommunications Software Designer $45,000 $95,000 $60,000 $120,000

For the purposes of processing, the change in salary criteria will come into effect on February 1, 2011.


2 thoughts on “Information Technology Workers to British Columbia

  1. Hi,

    Does that mean if I were to apply for a new permit, The multimedia Software designer for instance (via border-crossing), before Feb 1st, then the minimum my lawyer has to pay is $35,000, as opposed to $45,000 after Feb 1st?,

    Many thanks

    1. Opps sorry, I said ” the minimum my LAWYER has to pay is $35,000, as opposed to $45,000 after Feb 1st?”, when of course I should have said; ” the minimum my EMPLOYER has to pay is $35,000, as opposed to $45,000 after Feb 1st?”

      thanks

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