The World on our Doorstep program: A different approach to hosting foreign talent within companies



    MONTREAL, Oct. 6 /CNW Telbec/ - The Board of Trade of Metropolitan
Montreal is proud to celebrate the first anniversary of its program World on
our Doorstep - Mini-traineeships for qualified immigrants, organized in
partnership with the Ministère de l'Immigration et des Communautés
culturelles.
    "The statistics and forecasts are clear: within just a few years,
100 percent of the net growth of our labour force will depend on immigration.
So we must be proactive in attracting new talent and spotlighting our
strengths to encourage them to settle in the metropolis," declared Isabelle
Hudon, president and CEO of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal.
    "The World on our Doorstep program enables us to build bridges between
foreign talent and local enterprises. These in-house traineeships, lasting
between one and three days, give newcomers a better understanding of the
Quebec work environment while giving companies a chance to discover qualified
resources educated in leading sectors," added Hudon.
    Yolande James, Minister of Immigration and Cultural Communities, notes
that she is particularly pleased by this fruitful collaboration between
Greater Montréal's major network of employers, municipal representatives, and
her own department. "This collaboration bodes well for the various government
measures designed to encourage socio-economic players on the Island of
Montréal to work together to deploy an action strategy and conditions
promoting the successful economic integration of immigrant workers," she
declared.
    "In the current situation of labour shortages in various economic
sectors, the flow of talent coming from new immigrants is a major asset for
our region," says the president of the Conférence régionale des élus de
Montréal (CRE), Manon Barbe. She concluded by saying, "the CRE is proud to be
a partner of World on our Doorstep, a very effective tool for introducing
immigrants to the Montréal job market."
    "In one year, almost 100 traineeships have been carried out and, while
this is not the program's primary objective, the hiring rate is 15 percent.
Companies in various sectors are attracted by this opportunity, as it allows
them to recruit easily while opening their doors to diversity. Desjardins,
Cirque du Soleil, Lallemand, and Allstream were among the first organizations
to host trainees and declare the importance of this initiative," concluded
Hudon.
    Organizations wishing to host one or more trainees during observation
days are invited to visit our Web site at www.btmm.qc.ca/qualified-immigrants.

    The Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal has some 7,000 members. Its
primary mission is to represent the interests of the business community of
Greater Montréal and to provide individuals, merchants, and local businesses
of all sizes with a variety of specialized services to help them achieve their
full potential in terms of innovation, productivity and competitiveness. The
Board of Trade is Quebec's leading private economic development organization.




For further information:

For further information: Sylvie Paquette, Coordinator, Media relations,
Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal, (514) 871-4000, ext. 4015,
sylvie.paquette@ccmm.qc.ca


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