The Quebec Government has announced nearly $55 million funds to help the recruitment and integration of temporary foreign workers. Jean Boulet, Quebec Labour Minister said $20.9 million of the total funds will assist international recruitment efforts by businesses in the province.
The Province is facing labour shortage from more than 40 years and currently has one of the highest job vacancy rates among Canada’s provinces. To meet their labour needs, a growing number of employers have been turning to temporary foreign workers since the start of 2018.
An analysis by CBC News shows this trend has accelerated since the October 2018 election of the province’s new Coalition Avenir Quebec (CAQ) government which introduced a temporary 20 percent reduction in the number of immigrants admitted to the province this year.
The government of Quebec announced certain initiatives on 26 August committing subsidized international recruitment efforts by businesses and cover up to $1,000 in relocation expenses for temporary foreign workers.
The news releases from the province said the funding will support nearly 2,000 Quebec businesses in their international recruitment efforts.
The Minister said the new measures will help ensure that the integration of temporary foreign workers into Quebec’s labour market is “positive and durable.”
The Quebec chambers of commerce federation said Quebec needs about 60,000 immigrants per year-20,000 more than the government plans on accepting in 2019.
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