In the largely French-speaking Canadian province of Québec, small cities and towns are facing a severe shortage of skilled and semi-skilled workers. A simple solution for this deficiency is to encourage Québec immigration, and invite appropriately skilled foreign nationals to fill these job vacancies. However, the feasibility of this idea is challenged by prevalent attitudes towards immigration among the local population in Québec’s rural areas.
Skills shortages in Québec can be addressed by following the model adopted in Atlantic Canada, where employers have fulfilled labor market requirements by recruiting foreign workers from Tunisia, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Morocco, etc. These immigrants are expected to revive the economies of towns like Chipman (New Brunswick) and Clare (Nova Scotia).
Similarly, sourcing workers from labor-abundant countries in Asia, Europe and South America, through the Québec Skilled Worker Program or temporary work program, is expected to replenish the dwindling and ageing labor force of the province. Fortunately, the Québec economy is booming, which implies that there are ample job opportunities for foreign workers in a diverse range of occupations, and especially in the manufacturing sector.
Many of these jobs assure stable incomes, paid leaves, and company-sponsored accommodation to prospective employees. Recently, 100 Colombians have been invited to work in a steel component manufacturing company in Beauce – a warren in Québec. As per Emploi-Québec, 39,200 people will have to be added to the workforce of Chaudière-Appalaches (an administrative region of the province), within the next four years. 5,000 of these positions will be in Beauce alone.
The immigration procedure for working in Quebec is very unique. Most Canadian provinces and territories run their own Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs), in collaboration with the federal government. These PNPs nominate suitable immigration aspirants who can fulfil local skills requirements for permanent residence. However, there is no Québec PNP.
Instead, Québec has its own immigration programs, which are different from the federal and provincial pathways. These programs invite skilled workers, businesspersons, international students, and families to live and work in Québec on a temporary or permanent basis. However, a skilled worker selected by Québec still has to apply for the Canada PR Visa to the federal government.
Québec is Canada’s most culturally rich and vibrant province, offering residents an extremely high standard of living, combined with unmatched social and employment benefits. Those who are equipped with the skill set and experience to practice certain in-demand occupations can successfully pursue an appropriate Québec immigration pathway, with the guidance and support of authorized consultants.