MI recommends focusing on specialized temporary workers and international students

Montréal, February 3, 2015 – As part of the public consultations on a new Québec policy on immigration, diversity and inclusion, Montréal International (MI) recommends that the Québec government align its economic immigration policy with job market needs by focusing on specialized temporary workers and international students. MI’s recommendations are meant mostly to expand the pool of potential candidates eligible for the Programme d’expérience québécoise (PEQ – Québec experience program), which speeds up the process of obtaining a Certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ – Québec selection certificate), in order to triple the number of finalized files every year by 2018.

“Québec needs to overcome the challenges of an aging population and labour scarcity. Its economic growth depends on it,” stated Dominique Anglade, President and CEO of Montréal International. “The availability of skilled and experienced workers is a key factor in attracting foreign investments, as are market access and competitive operating costs. However, an increasing number of companies in Greater Montréal are having a tough time filling key positions and need to recruit abroad, so they take part in the Journées Québec international recruitment missions to find that rare gem,” added Anglade.

According to MI, immigration is a key driver of prosperity in Québec. “Specialized temporary workers satisfy the immediate needs of Greater Montréal employers and are the ideal candidates for permanent immigration. International students also make up a significant population that has a high potential to integrate into Québec society. It is therefore essential to provide greater support to such individuals throughout the immigration process and facilitate their admission to Québec,” said Anglade.

MI has highlighted two priorities in its recommendations:

  • Attracting and admitting specialized temporary workers

Facilitate the admission of specialized temporary workers to satisfy pressing job market needs and help Québec companies in the high tech sectors recruit abroad.

  • Retaining specialized temporary workers and international students

Review some PEQ criteria and the selection grid for issuing Québec selection certificates, raise more awareness among international students about the benefits and the process of obtaining permanent residence, and fast-track the federal portion of the permanent resident application process.

Implementing these recommendations would allow more candidates to be eligible for the PEQ and triple the number of finalized files from 5,000 in 2014 to 15,000 in 2018.

There were some 54,000 specialized temporary workers and international students in Québec in 2013—with over three quarters in Greater Montréal. According to a survey conducted by Montréal International, in conjunction with Conseil emploi métropole, 58% of specialized temporary workers and 51% of international students would like to stay in Greater Montréal after their temporary status expires.

Click here to read Montréal International’s report and full recommendations online.

About Montréal International

Created in 1996, Montréal International is the result of a private-public partnership. Its mission is to act as an economic driver for Greater Montréal to attract foreign wealth while accelerating the success of its partners and clients. Its mandates include attracting foreign direct investments, international organizations and international strategic workers as well as promoting the competitive and international environment of Greater Montréal. Montréal International, a non-profit organization, is funded by the private sector, the governments of Canada and Québec, the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal (Montréal Metropolitan Community) and the City of Montréal.

3 Responses to “MI recommends focusing on specialized temporary workers and international students”

  1. Engineer says:

    With my 20 years experience and excellent years of local work in Quebec aerospace, I’m not able to pass your selection factors for permanency only because of I’m speaking English. Therefore I’m going to enforce your competitor’s economy.

    • sylvie says:

      Hello, we are sorry to hear that you want to pursue your career in another country. The Montréal metropolitan region is a major hub in North America in the aerospace industry and a great place to grow and thrive in that regard.
      It is true that one must acquire a certain level of knowledge of French in order to get the permanent residence status. As of January 2015, Montréal International will be refocusing its international mobility activities to further pursue its key mandates. Montréal International will still provide strategic support, especially to its corporate allies, by helping them obtain official documents needed for temporary work permit applications, providing training sessions on immigration processes and helping the spouses of foreign workers enter the job market. However, MI will no longer assist foreign workers with their permanent residency applications. You should contact one of our partners. Maybe they will find a solution for your immigration project. Please find below contact information for four immigration lawyers that can help you.

      Anna Di Stasio
      (514) 903-1372
      Isabelle Dongier
      (514) 397-7625
      Stéphane Duval
      (514) 397-4284
      Francis Tourigny
      (514) 600-1737

      We wish you the best of luck in your future projects.

    • Sylvie says:

      Hello, we are sorry to hear that you want to pursue your career in another country. The Montréal metropolitan region is a major hub in North America in the aerospace industry and a great place to grow and thrive in that regard.

      It is true that one must acquire a certain level of knowledge of French in order to get the permanent residence status. As of January 2015, Montréal International will be refocusing its international mobility activities to further pursue its key mandates. Montréal International will still provide strategic support, especially to its corporate allies, by helping them obtain
      official documents needed for temporary work permit applications, providing training sessions on immigration processes and helping the spouses of foreign workers enter the job market. However, MI will no longer assist foreign workers with their permanent residency applications. You should contact one of our partners. Maybe they will find a solution for your immigration project. Please find below contact information for four immigration lawyers that can help you.

      Anna Di Stasio
      (514) 903-1372

      Isabelle Dongier
      (514) 397-7625

      Stéphane Duval
      (514) 397-4284

      Francis Tourigny
      (514) 600-1737

      We wish you the best of luck in your future projects.

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