As the dispute regarding the best way to handle Quebec’s labor shortage continues, the government of Quebec is calling on the federal government of Canada to relax rules governing temporary foreign workers.
For weeks now, Quebec has been struggling with Ottawa regarding a call for lower immigration levels by the province as well as a federal compensation of $300million for the latest entry of irregular immigrants into the province. Earlier this week, the government of Canada announced the release of $114million to cater for the entry of thousands of asylum seekers in the country but the details of what each province will receive wasn’t revealed.
The latest source of tension between the two governments, federal and Quebec, borders on temporary foreign workers (TFWs) with the province calling for the change in rules as a result of its labor shortage.
Thousands of Job Openings
Officials of the two governments met in the province on 28 Jan 2019 to discuss the demand by the province to make the approval process of TFWs faster as well as making it easier for employers to get their service. The governments are in discussion regarding the best way to fill an estimated 120,000 unfilled job openings that are in Quebec at the moment.
The government of Quebec wants employers to have greater control over studies that must precede the hiring of temporary workers. The studies, labor market impact assessments (LMIA), helps to confirm that the employer truly needs the workers and that no worker is available in Canada for such a job.
A spokesman for Simon Jolin-Barrette, Quebec Immigration Minister, said the goal of the province is to reduce bureaucracy surrounding the issue of temporary workers hence helping Quebec respond more efficiently to labor market needs.
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