Effective February 24 2012, the province of Quebec has terminated the Facilitated Processing of Information Technology Workers program. Citizenship and Immigration Canada will continue to process Quebec-destined cases in which a Certificat d’acceptation du Québec had been issued by this date.
At present, candidates applying for new work permits or renewals of work permits for most IT development positions are subject to the requirement of a Labour Market Opinion. For nationals countries participating in Free Trade Agreements, exemptions may be possible for Systems Analysts. For nationals of countries participating in the General Agreement on Trade in Services, exemptions may be possible for certain Senior Computer Specialists seeking permits of no longer than 90 days within a one year period.