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A new pool of highly skilled talent now accessible to Montréal businesses

Greater Montréal’s creative tech companies can now take part in the first virtual international recruiting mission for the video game, visual effects and animation industries. The event is organized by Montréal International with the Québec Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration. It will allow employers to meet with highly skilled talent online between November 15 and 21.

August 9, 2021

The Journées Québec Gaming & VFX will be held on, a new web portal that allows businesses to post their job vacancies and select the top candidates that are most suited for their needs through a tailored algorithm. Strategic pools from different countries in Europe, Latin America, and North America will be targeted by various virtual promotional campaigns.

International talent can be an effective way to address labour needs, and thus support growth in key sectors in the region.

“The immigration process for qualified talent is relatively fast and simple and should be considered by local businesses. In fact, Montréal is a hub for the creative sector which attracts talent. Internationally acclaimed productions have been created by artists and designers in the city and their work continues. This is a booming industry that is attractive to those who want to take part in upcoming major productions. We are proud to highlight this global success story as it helps to attract tomorrow’s talent to Montréal,” said Stéphane Paquet, President and CEO of Montréal International.

“Montréal’s video game industry, which has been rapidly growing year after year, wants to become a vector for innovation and opportunity, and recognizes that a diverse range of talent and perspectives will help it achieve that goal. More than 2,000 jobs in the sector will need to be filled in just the next two years and international talent can help us strengthen and grow our pool. Montréal’s force of attraction and warm welcome enable us to add more talent and to build a strong, diversified and talented industry,” said Nadine Gelly, General Manager, La Guilde du jeu vidéo du Québec.

“The audiovisual sector is a dynamic driving force behind Montréal’s economy. Every day, creativity and innovation remain the basis for our evolution. Québec’s visual effects and animation sector ranks among the top three worldwide thanks to its competitive business environment along with its creative and diverse workforce. With an annual growth of 20%, our industry is always looking for top international talent that will strengthen our ecosystem and our city with their deep knowledge and skills while working on world-renowned productions,” said Valérie Daigneault, Director of the Secretariat of the Audiovisual Cluster of the Québec Film and Television Council (BCTQ).

Employers who wish to participate in Journées Québec Gaming & VFX can contact Montréal International between August 9 and September 14.

Over the last few years, Montréal’s creative tech industry has had exponential growth. KPMG indicated that since 2011, employment in the city has increased on average by 8% every year in the video game industry and by 28% in visual effects. Our “Get in the Game!” web page has more information on this booming Montréal industry.

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