Quebec Announces Additional $ 2.1 Million to Help Businesses Recruit Temporary Workers Canada Immigration News
Eligible costs include the employment of recruitment experts, such as lawyers or immigration and consultants, who are recognized by the Ministry of Immigration, Franchising and Integration (MIFI).
The Quebec government called the measure "a targeted response to a clear need from businesses" and said the additional funding would complement an earlier pledge of about $ 20 million for international recruitment efforts in August.
Quebec is facing widespread labor shortages and the recent cut in permanent residents has allowed an increasing number of employers to hire temporary workers instead.
"This new measure will improve the services offered to existing Quebec companies in recruiting migrant workers," Boulet said in a statement. "In times of labor shortages, this support must come in time."
"While international hiring is an opportunity for employers to address labor shortages, it can be costly and difficult," said QEC President and CEO Yves-Thomas Dorval in a French press release. "The measure announced today, with a budget of $ 2.1 million, is certainly appreciated by employers."
"For many small and medium-sized enterprises, carrying out the international recruitment process themselves or participating in government foreign missions abroad to recruit candidates is too onerous and must be entrusted to a third party."
According to the Eurostat Vacancy and Salary Survey, there were 114,215 vacancies in Quebec companies in the first quarter of 2019, an increase of 21,365 (+ 23%) compared to the same quarter in 2018.
In the first quarter of 2019, Quebec had the highest vacancy rate in the provinces (3.1%), ahead of Ontario (3.0%). British Columbia has the highest vacancy rate in Canada, at 4.4 percent.
Four Quebec regions have job vacancies, one of Canada's 10 fastest-growing. Vacancies increased most in the Mauricie region of Quebec, Canada (+ 89%), followed by Laurentians, Laval and Chaudière-Appalaches.