MONTREAL, Sept. 26 /CNW Telbec/ - As part of the National Assembly's
Committee on Culture on planning immigration levels for the 2008-2010 period,
Montréal International (MI) presented a brief in which the economic
development organization recommends that governments implement measures aimed
at facilitating the attraction and retention of strategic workers in Greater
"The presence of skilled, talented and creative workers is the primary
success factor for urban centres with knowledge-based economies, and these
workers allow a region like Greater Montréal to increase its competitiveness
and ability to attract foreign companies and investment," said Mr. Pierre
Brunet, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Montréal International. "Given
the intensified global competition and the resulting challenges in attracting
'brains,' it is imperative for our current and future prosperity that
governments adopt measures that encourage the most qualified candidates to
move, work and live here."
MI has proposed a series of initiatives aimed at attracting and retaining
more skilled foreign workers to the Metropolitan Montréal region, where the
need for qualified labour is felt in a number of high-technology sectors,
including in Information and Communications Technology, Aerospace and Life
- Simplify procedures
The departments involved should work together to simplify and
accelerate the process for obtaining a work permit.
- Help with international recruitment
Through its network of delegations, and working with Canadian missions
abroad, the Government of Québec should help companies, particularly
SMBs, identify and recruit qualified personnel from abroad.
- Promote permanent residency
The Ministère de l'Immigration et des Communautés culturelles (MICC)
should step up the promotion of the advantages of permanent residency
to temporary workers. This promotion should be accompanied by a service
offer, particularly with regard to francization.
- Change the selection grid
To encourage long-term retention of temporary workers, the MICC should
assign "validation of employment" the same weight it had in Québec's
selection grid before the regulatory changes of October 16, 2006.
- Simplify selection
The MICC should simplify its selection procedures for temporary
workers. It currently asks candidates from abroad for the same
documents as candidates who live in the province and who have already
provided the documents required to obtain a work permit.
- Reach an agreement with France
Given that immigration must also contribute to maintaining the
francophone nature of Québec, the Québec and Canadian governments
should initiate discussions with the French government so as to reach
an agreement on the free movement of professionals, based on the model
in chapter XVI of the NAFTA.
Montréal International offers companies, institutions and international
organizations in the Montréal area specialized services to help foreign
employees become established. These services are offered in close
collaboration with Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Service Canada and the
Ministère de l'Immigration et des Communautés culturelles du Québec.
About Montréal International
Montréal International is the result of a private-public partnership whose
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 strategic workers, as well
as supporting the development of competitive clusters in high-technology
sectors. Montréal International is financed by the private sector, the
Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal, the Ville de Montréal and the
Governments of Québec and Canada.
For further information:
For further information: Céline Clément, Communications advisor,
Montréal International, (514) 987-9390,