Quebec Launches New Direct Employer Recruitment Portal

A new feature of the Employer recruitment portal that allows businesses to take on immigrant job seekers in Quebec and abroad was recently launched. Quebec’s Immigration Minister, Nadine Girault, made the announcement on November 5.

It was also on that date that the new functionality of the Employer Recruitment Portal, a service offered by the Quebec Ministry of Immigration, was made available to businesses based in the province.

The program was designed to facilitate the selection of the people who best address current labor market needs in the province, the new feature will enable businesses to directly access the ministry’s website, consult the profiles of candidates, offer them a job and help begin the immigration process.

Companies registered under the Registraire des Entreprises Québec ( i.e Enterprise Register) will be able to recruit immigrants from ethnocultural minorities founded in Quebec province, international students who completed studies in Quebec with a post-graduate work permit, or temporary or permanent skilled workers from abroad.

“By making profiles or information of immigration candidates available to companies, they can more quickly point out the people who best meet their labor needs,” the Ministry of Immigration, Francization and Integration (MIFI) said in a media release.

“The navigation in the Portal is efficient and allows the company to see results that are displayed in real-time when it adopt its various search criteria. In addition, the portal allows users to save and download their search results and identify their favourites so they can quickly get in touch with them.”

When there is a match between immigration candidates and employers, companies will also be able to benefit from a personalized assistance service to guide them to choose the right immigration pathway and go through the various steps involved.

This personalized support system is offered by the department’s regional immigration and international recruitment advisors and is assessable in all administrative regions of Quebec.

The Employers’ Portal is a free service portal that has been in existence since June 27, 2019. “Since that time, a company can get personalized and local support by a Ministry advisor to check the Employers’ Portal. The new version of the Employers’ Portal, which includes a section allowing companies to search independently, has been accessible since Nov. 5, 2020,” the MIFI said.

To have access to the employers’ portal, companies must first create a valid profile in Arrima, after which they will be able to request online assistance.

Once this request has been lodged, companies will obtain a personalized response from a Ministry advisor within five business working days. Once this process has been completed and access granted, companies will be able to carry out independent research, save the results, and contact candidates.

While the employer’s portal will make it possible to quickly identify the people who best meet their labor needs, it “will not expedite or accelerate the immigration process under a temporary or permanent immigration program,” the MIFI says.

The added feature on the portal is basically a recruitment tool designed to address the province’s long-standing labor gaps and to ensure economic recovery post-coronavirus pandemic.

“Increasing efforts to recruit international talents is a priority for our government and is an integral part of a strong economic recovery,” said Minister Nadine Girault in a media release.

“With the launching of the Employers’ Portal’s online platform reserved for businesses, as well as the resumption of international recruitment activities, Quebec is acting proactively. We are supporting businesses or companies more effectively and acting in a more targeted manner.”

On Oct. 29th, Girault tabled the 2021 Quebec Immigration Plan before the National Assembly. The provincial government plans to welcome up to about 47,500 new immigrants in 2021, to which will be added another 7,000 immigrants from an expected 2020 deficit.

Quebec will not be able to reach the immigration targets it has set for itself this year due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on immigration to Quebec.