Integration of immigrants into the job market

    MONTREAL INTERNATIONAL salutes the new measures announced by the québec
    minister of immigration and cultural communities

    MONTREAL, March 31 /CNW Telbec/ - Montréal International welcomes the new
measures announced today by the Québec Minister of Immigration and Cultural
Communities, Ms. Yolande James, with the aim of facilitating and accelerating
the integration of newcomers into the job market.
    "We are delighted with this new plan, because it is a concrete action in
favour of a greater integration and an increased contribution by the foreign
workforce to the economy of Greater Montréal and Québec. In the context of a
global economy, in which knowledge plays a key role and prosperity is
increasingly based on the availability of human capital, the initiatives
announced today appear to be real advances for the competitiveness of our
region," said the President and Chief Executive Officer of Montréal
International, Mr. André Gamache. "We are especially happy with the measures
to support employers in their international recruitment efforts and at the
role the Minister intends companies to play in promoting diversity in
employment, as well as the skills and talents of foreign workers. Similarly,
there is a lot of enthusiasm about the new Défi Montréal project, which will
work to eliminate obstacles to integration and to keep immigrant workers
employed," Mr. Gamache added.
    Montréal International is very satisfied with the measures presented
today, since these orientations are directly in line with the recommendations
it proposed in a brief on planning of immigration levels for the 2008-2010
period submitted last fall to the National Assembly Committee on Culture. In
that brief, the economic development body called for the establishment of
measures to facilitate the attraction and retention of foreign strategic
workers in Greater Montréal.

    About Montréal International (

    Montréal International was created in 1996 as a result of a
private/public partnership. Its mission is to contribute to the economic
development of Greater Montréal and to enhance its international status. Its
mandates include attracting foreign investment, international organizations
and strategic workers, and supporting the development of innovation and
high-technology clusters in the metropolitan region. Montréal International is
financed by the private sector, the Montréal Metropolitan Community, the City
of Montréal and the governments of Canada and Québec.
    Since 2000, Montréal International has been involved in 379 direct
foreign investment projects totalling $5.6 billion. From these investments,
28,186 jobs have been created and 5,459 jobs have been maintained.

For further information:

For further information: Louis Arseneault, Director of Communications,
Montréal International, (514) 987-9376,

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