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
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
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
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