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Quebec Government Resumes Foreign Worker Recruitment Campaigns

Quebec government is holding online recruitment campaigns targeting foreign workers to help Canadian employers in the province fill labor shortages and support the province’s economic recovery.

The planned recruitment campaigns initiative called the Journées Quebec (Quebec Days) are led by the Quebec’s Minister of immigration, with the support of its network of representatives in many locations around the world: Los Angeles, Dakar, Hong Kong, Mexico City, New York, Rabat and Paris.

The events that had been planned over the past five months were postponed back in March as a precautionary measure to stop the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. New dates have now been scheduled and included the following online events:

  • October 19 to November 6, 2020: Recruitment Missions by Montreal International in information technology (ICT), video games and artificial intelligences;
  • October 26-30, 2020: Quebec Tunis Days in health and multi-sector;
  • Nov. 3-6, 2020: Quebec Sao Paulo Days in the health sector;
  • Nov. 17-21, 2020: Quebec Bogota Days in health and multi-sector;
  • Nov. 30 to December 5, 2020: Quebec Paris Days in the health and multi-sector;
  • Nov. 30 to December 8, 2020: Quebec Mauritius and Madagascar Days in health and multi-sector; and
  • Jan. 2021: Quebec Dakar Days in health and information technology.

The Journées Québec events allow employers to review the available talents in a pool of candidates, find the right match, set up interviews and employ them. Foreign workers interested in gaining job offers or displaying their skills to Quebec employers are invited to lodge a registration application.

“The success of the Journées Québec initiatives is based on the real possibility of accessing a job and achieving personal goals in an exciting new environment where creativity and boldness open up many horizons. Jobs are opened in several regions of Québec, and each of these jurisdictions offers its own unique way of life that reconciles family, personal, and professional aspirations,” according to the government’s Website.

All the planned recruitment campaigns activities will be carried out in a virtual format. Moreover, the eventual arrival of temporary foreign workers will take place in accordance with the health measures prescribed by the Québec government.

Recruitment efforts implemented as part of the Quebec Days fall within the framework of Quebec’s effort to find more foreign workers for the health and technology sectors.

In late May, Quebec announced major reforms to its immigration programs, including two new pilot immigration streams for technology workers and nursing assistants.

Nurse aides, or orderlies, are highly sort after throughout the Quebec province. According to the Government of Quebec, current programs are not meeting labor market demands. Since 2013, only 115 nursing assistants have been chosen for permanent residence in Quebec province. The new program is targeting to hire 550 nursing assistants per year.

Similarly, information technology and artificial intelligence sectors are booming in Québec. A new immigration pilot project will allow the province to pick 550 highly skilled workers each year for immigration.