Quebec has announced $55 million in funding to help businesses in the province recruit temporary foreign workers. Jean Boulet, Labour Minister, said that out of the total $20.9 million will be used to assist businesses to hire foreign workers.
Quebec has one of the highest job vacancy rates in Canada. The labour shortage that it is facing is the highest in the last 40 years.
An increasing number of employers in Quebec are now turning to temporary foreign workers to meet their labour needs. 2018 saw a 36% increase in the temporary Work Permits as compared to 2017.
The Quebec Govt announced on 26th August that it plans to subsidize international recruitment efforts by Quebec businesses partially. It has also announced that the Govt will relocation expenses up to $1,000 for TFWs.
In a news release, Quebec has announced that it will support almost 2,000 businesses to recruit TFWs, as per CIC News.
$33.9 million of the announced funding will go to two programs that work with TFWs in Quebec. These programs help the TFWs integrate into Quebec society. These programs are:
Mr Boulet said that most businesses in the province are now turning to foreign workers to meet their workforce needs. The new measures will help temporary foreign workers integrate into the labour market of Quebec.
The CAQ Govt had faced severe criticism for reducing the immigration intake of the province when it was facing a labour crunch.
As per the Chambers of Commerce Federation, Quebec needs 60,000 immigrants per year. However, the Govt. plans to admit only 40,000 in 2019 which is 20,000 less than what is needed.
The CAQ Govt says that the province’s immigration policies will ensure those that are admitted meet the labour needs of the province. The immigration policies will also ensure that immigrants are integrated properly into the Quebec workforce.
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