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Unlocking Success with CNESST Approved Employment Agencies: A Guide for Canadian Business Owners

Updated: Dec 15, 2023




In the vast and competitive landscape of Canadian business, selecting the right recruitment partner is a critical decision. A CNESST approved employment agency stands as a beacon of reliability and compliance, ensuring that your recruitment process adheres to the highest standards. This blog delves into the benefits of partnering with such an agency, the risks of non-compliance, and how Immigraffaires, a trusted CNESST- approved partner, can be your ally in navigating the complex world of recruitment and immigration.

So what is CNESST? How to know if a recruitment / immigration agency has a valid license? What are the latest foreign workers recruitment & immigration news in Canada in 2023? Find all the answers and more below, keep reading!

The Commission des normes, de l'équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST) is a pivotal organization in Quebec, Canada, dedicated to upholding and promoting labor standards, pay equity, workplace health, and safety. Established as a result of the amalgamation of the Commission de l'équité salariale, the Commission de la santé et de la sécurité du travail, and the Commission des normes du travail, CNESST serves as a one-stop resource for both employers and employees in Quebec, ensuring a fair and safe working environment.

Services and Responsibilities of CNESST:


  • Workplace Health and Safety: CNESST plays a crucial role in ensuring that workplaces in Quebec adhere to the highest standards of health and safety. This includes setting regulations, conducting inspections, and providing guidance to prevent workplace accidents and occupational diseases.

  • Labor Standards Enforcement: The organization enforces labor standards in Quebec, such as minimum wage, hours of work, statutory holidays, and leave entitlements. It ensures that employers comply with these standards, offering a fair and equitable work environment for employees.

  • Management of Workplace Injuries: CNESST administers a system for the management and prevention of workplace injuries. This includes compensation for work-related injuries or illnesses, rehabilitation services, and financial support for affected workers.

  • Promoting Pay Equity: Ensuring that employees receive equal pay for equivalent work is another critical aspect of CNESST’s mandate. The organization oversees the implementation of pay equity measures and resolves disputes related to wage disparities.

  • Advisory and Support Services: CNESST provides various advisory services to both employers and workers. This includes offering guidance on compliance with labor laws, resolving workplace disputes, and providing educational resources on occupational health and safety.

  • Research and Collaboration: The organization engages in research to improve labor standards and workplace safety and collaborates with various stakeholders, including employer associations, labor unions, and government bodies, to enhance work environments across Quebec.


The Importance of CNESST Approval: CNESST approval is more than just a certification; it's a testament to an agency's commitment to uphold labor laws, ethical recruitment practices, and quality standards. Working with a CNESST approved agency means engaging with a partner who values fair labor practices and offers protection against legal liabilities. These agencies are audited and verified, ensuring they meet the stringent requirements set by the Quebec government. This approval guarantees peace of mind, knowing that your recruitment process is in the hands of experts who are not just proficient but also compliant with provincial regulations.

The Risks of Non-Compliant Agencies: Choosing an agency without a valid CNESST license or with an expired one can be fraught with risks. These include legal repercussions due to non-compliance with labor laws, unethical recruitment practices, and potential financial and reputational damage. Non-compliant agencies may cut corners, leading to a workforce that is not adequately vetted or legally authorized to work, exposing your business to unnecessary risks.

Verifying Agency Credentials: Ensuring an agency's CNESST license is valid and current is crucial. You can verify this by checking the CNESST online database or contacting them directly. This due diligence is a crucial step in partnering with an agency, as it confirms their legitimacy and adherence to legal standards.

Immigraffaires – A CNESST Approved Partner You Can Trust: Since 2018, Immigraffaires has been a beacon of trust and excellence in the recruitment and immigration services sector. With our CNESST license number AR-2202436, we stand as a compliant and reliable partner. Our history is rich with successful placements, client satisfaction, and a deep understanding of the nuances in immigration and labor laws. Learn more about our satisfied clients and their reviews right through here. Feel free to ask for more references and we shall send you some in private shortly!

Building Trust and Transparency: At Immigraffaires, we believe in building long-lasting relationships with our partners. Our approach is grounded in transparency and ethical practices, which has helped us forge strong bonds with our clients. We take pride in our honest communication and integrity, which are the cornerstones of our long-standing client relationships. Learn more about us here.

Dedication to Client Success: Our dedication to your success is unwavering. Once you partner with us, your goals become ours. We go above and beyond to ensure you receive the best service and experience. Our team is committed to providing tailored solutions that meet your unique needs, ensuring a seamless recruitment process. Partner with us today and let us take care of the recruitment burden so you can successfully lead your business and day-to-day operations.

A Track Record of Success: Our success stories speak volumes. With each client, we embrace new challenges, and we don't rest until we have achieved our shared goals. Our results-oriented approach has consistently delivered success, reinforcing our reputation as a reliable recruitment partner.

Client-Centric Approach: Every client is unique, and so are their needs. We customize our services to align with your specific requirements, ensuring a recruitment solution that is not just effective but also tailored to your business's unique landscape. It is not just about staffing for us, we want to build long lasting relationships and help you grow your business with the right talent.

Future of Recruitment: The recruitment landscape is continually evolving. At Immigraffaires, we stay ahead of the curve, adopting the latest trends and technologies to enhance our recruitment strategies. This forward-thinking approach ensures our clients are always one step ahead in the competitive market. This is how we help small & medium businesses in Canada hire globally successfully:

Affordable Rates: We offer the best rates in Canada: Hire a foreign worker to your doorstep for only CAD 4,587. Learn more about the details here, with no hidden fees or extra charges and full immigration support.

Recruitment & Immigration in One Place: At Immigraffaires, we help small businesses save important resources and time by offering immigration and recruitment services in one place, thanks to our fully dedicated legal department led by our on-board attorney, Ida Carreras.

Hire in Just 90 Days: We stay current with all immigration news and regulations to ensure we are always on top of recruitment affairs in Canada. Since February 2023, the Canadian government has implemented a streamlined procedure to facilitate the hiring of foreign workers already in Canada. Contact us today and discover how we can help your business.

Hire Foreign Workers Already in Canada: You've found the desired candidates for your job offer, but you're unsure of the next steps. Can you hire immigrants? Do you need a lawyer? How can you legally hire immigrants? Don't worry; we have already answered these questions on our FAQ page. If you can’t find the answer to your specific questions, contact us today and get direct answers from our lawyer.

Paperwork and Legal Documentation: From contract renewals and work permits to CAQ, LMIA, and Job Bank – we handle every single aspect so you can focus on managing your business. Read more about our recruitment and immigration services right through here.

Navigating Immigration with Expertise: Navigating the complexities of immigration can be daunting for many businesses. Our expertise in this area simplifies the process, offering clear guidance and support in bringing international talent to your doorstep. With 7 years of experience in the immigration of foreign workers in Canada, Ida has developed significant expertise and continues to stay on top of the news to provide you with clear and accurate answers. Discover our FREE Ebooks that fully detail every aspect of hiring foreign workers in Canada.

In conclusion, choosing a CNESST approved employment agency like Immigraffaires is crucial for any business seeking reliable and compliant recruitment solutions. Our commitment to excellence, combined with our dedication to client success, makes us an ideal partner for your recruitment needs.

Ready to take your recruitment process to the next level? Contact Immigraffaires today and let us help you navigate the complexities of recruitment and immigration with ease. Our team is ready to provide you with personalized solutions tailored to your business needs. Reach out to us and embark on a journey to success.

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