Montréal International welcomes the new Québec policy on immigration, participation, and inclusion

Guidelines and measures to meet labour market needs

Montréal, March 7, 2016 – Montréal International, whose mission is to attract foreign investment, international organizations and skilled talent to Greater Montréal, welcomes Québec’s new policy on immigration, participation and inclusion, titled Together, We Are Québec, as well as the province’s 2016-2021 action plan.

The new guidelines and measures, intended to streamline the province’s immigration process and bring it up to date, will help meet the immediate needs of businesses that operate in high-growth innovative and high-tech sectors such as IT, video games and special effects. What’s more, the policy will also ease the transition from temporary to permanent status for international students and skilled temporary workers.

“This new policy on immigration, participation and inclusion provides Québec with the tools it needs to compete with other countries and territories by attracting and retaining the best talent, in addition to taking concrete steps to enhance the contribution of foreign workers to Québec’s economy,” said Hubert Bolduc, President and CEO of Montréal International. “In an increasingly competitive environment, the availability of talent is one of the first things foreign investors look at when choosing where to locate or expand their businesses,” he added.

Montréal International is very pleased with the measures announced today, as they take into account many of the recommendations made following the public consultations held in early 2015. In its submission, the organization recommended that the Québec Government align its economic immigration policy with labour market needs by focusing on two areas:

  • Attracting and admitting specialized temporary workers

Facilitate the admission of specialized temporary workers to satisfy pressing job market needs and help leading-edge Québec companies recruit abroad.

  • Retaining specialized temporary workers and international students

Review some of the criteria of the Programme de l’expérience québécoise (Québec experience program) and the selection grid for issuing a Certificat de sélection du Québec (Québec selection certificate), and reach out to more international students with information about the benefits and process of obtaining permanent residence.

“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 could easily 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,” added Mr. Bolduc.

Since its creation, Montréal International has helped recruit and retain over 9,000 skilled foreign workers. Since 2010, the organization has also coordinated the participation of Greater Montréal businesses in 12 overseas recruitment drives, including Journées Québec, in collaboration with the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l’Inclusion (MIDI), Ministère du Travail, de l’Emploi et de la Solidarité Sociale, and regional and European partners.

About Montréal International (www.montrealinternational.com)

Montréal International (MI) acts as an economic driver for Greater Montréal to attract foreign wealth while accelerating the success of its partners and clients. Its role is to attract foreign investment, international organizations and skilled workers to Greater Montréal, and promote the region’s competitive environment. MI also works to find the best ways to position the region as an attractive investment destination, and make recommendations to various levels of government to support Québec’s job-creating, high-value-added industries.

Created in 1996, Montréal International is a non-profit organization funded by the private sector, the governments of Canada and Québec, the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal (Montréal Metropolitan Community) and the City of Montréal.

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