Public consultation on multi-year immigration planning for 2012-2015 - Montréal International presents recommendations on making immigration a true economic development lever

Québec must face the challenge of attracting international talent

MONTREAL, Sept. 16, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - Montréal International (MI) presented its brief and recommendations for the public consultation on multi-year immigration planning for the 2012-2015 period.

These recommendations, which are largely inspired by a series of meetings with Greater Montréal businesses that are MI members, fall under four main themes:

  • The labour needs of Greater Montréal businesses.
  • The International talent attraction competition.
  • Access to temporary workers on the Québec labour market.
  • The promotion of permanent residency to these specialized workers.

"At Montréal International, we are acutely aware of immigration's valuable contribution to the economic development of Greater Montréal and the importance of carefully positioning Québec to attract strategic talent. It is important to make Québec a winner in this international race for talent," said President and CEO of Montréal International Jacques St-Laurent. "Accordingly, we would like to thank the members of the Citizens Relations Commission and Québec's Minister of Immigration and Cultural Communities, Kathleen Weil, for their interest in our recommendations."

It its brief, MI recommends the Ministère de l'Immigration et des Communautés culturelles (MICC - Ministry of Immigration and Cultural Communities) allocate more resources to international recruitment activities. It also recommends that MICC participate in the reflections and efforts to promote Greater Montréal to strategic workers and provide financial support to players in the metropolitan region.

With respect to the pool of temporary workers, MI advises MICC to implement an accelerated procedure for certain professions, and recommends it holds discussions with Service Canada to obtain faster turnaround times for Labour Market Opinion (LMO) applications, and ask that candidates who have a Québec selection certificate and an authentic offer of employment from a Québec employer be able to obtain a temporary work permit without first obtaining an LMO.

The last recommendation encourages MICC to continue its efforts to promote permanent residency to foreign workers employed in the Greater Montréal region.

"MI reiterates its willingness to cooperate actively with all government departments that solicit its participation in reflections and actions concerning the future of Greater Montréal's economic development," said Jacques St-Laurent. "Québec has everything to gain by continuing in this vein to make immigration a true economic development lever," concluded Jacques St-Laurent.

About Montréal International
Montréal International (MI) was created in 1996 as a result of a private/public partnership. Its mission is to contribute to the economic development of metropolitan Montréal and to enhance its international status. Its mandates include attracting foreign investment, international organizations and qualified foreign workers, as well as promoting the competitive and international environment of Greater Montréal. Montréal International is funded by the private sector, the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal (Montréal Metropolitan Community), the City of Montréal and the Governments of Canada and Québec.

Since its creation, Montréal International has helped to attract more than $8 billion in foreign investment to Greater Montréal. From these investments, close to 45,000 jobs have been created or maintained. To date, MI's activities have also allowed almost half of the 70 international organizations to establish themselves in the city and, attract and retain, close to 5,500 qualified foreign workers. To learn more, please visit MI Web site at: www.montrealinternational.com.

SOURCE MONTREAL INTERNATIONAL

For further information:

Céline Clément
Communications Advisor
Montréal International
Tel.: 514-987-9317
Cell.: 514-892-4030
celine.clement@montrealinternational.com

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