Québec Ministère de l'Immigration et des Communautés culturelles presents its 2012 Immigration Plan - Immigration, an economic development lever for Québec

MONTREAL, Nov. 3, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - Montréal International (MI) is pleased with the strategic directions announced by Kathleen Weil, the minister responsible for Québec's Ministère de l'Immigration et des Communautés culturelles (MICC), in her 2012 Immigration Plan, developed further to a public consultation that was carried out between April and September 2011.

Montréal International especially welcomes the decision to raise the proportion of selected qualified workers, who have training that meet the labour needs clearly expressed by Québec businesses, to at least 50%.

"By favouring the balance between the labour needs of businesses and the selection of qualified foreign workers from around the world, the MICC will ensure that Québec can hold its own to attract talent that will contribute to its economic development," said Jacques St-Laurent, President and Chief Executive Officer of Montréal International.

Accordingly, the objective to maintain economic immigration to at least 65% of all admissions is promising for the integration of these international workers in the Québec labour market.

MI also hails the MICC's initiative to increase the level of French language skills among the candidates of qualified workers. This is a major concern for businesses in the Greater Montréal region.

"We are well aware of immigration's important contribution to the economic development of the Montréal metropolitan region and the importance of working to soundly position Québec to attract strategic talent from all over the world," concluded Mr. 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 (CMM - 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.: +1 514-987-8191
Cell: +1 514-892-4030
celine.clement@montrealinternational.com

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