The mayor of Quebec City says that the province is in a dangerous shortage of labour and thus is calling more number of migrants to combat this issue. Immigration topped the newly released list of annual priorities mentioning the urgent need to fill 17,000 job vacancies in the region. Quebec City Mayor Regis Labeaume’s states that the lack of manpower is the deadliest problem and can hamper the city’s economic future. He added, “It is no longer the time for observations or studies or good intentions.”
The mayor further said that the Quebec City region is only receiving six per cent of newcomers in Quebec each year, whereas the actual immigration intake must be at least 10 percent.
This would mean 5,300 newcomers per year or an increase of around 2,000 over current immigrants.
The immigration call taken by the Mayor can also be because of the upcoming province’s general election on October 1, 2018.
He said whoever be the next government in Quebec also needs to improve the province’s immigration system to reduce application processing times and make immigration process easier by recognizing more professional experiences and degrees.
The province also is in need of more French speaking immigrants, as the province first language is French. Quebec is a French city and to succeed in this province an applicant requires a job and proficiency in French Language.
The province has job opportunities for the workers speaking French language.
The mayor stated, “We have the jobs; if they speak French, it’s going to be a total success.”
The Quebec immigration system has a new Expression of Interest system for the Quebec Skilled Worker Program. This program allows immigration authorities to select applicants who match to the province labour needs and requirements.
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