Quebec business groups calling on government to address labour shortage through immigration
Quebec needs more immigration to fill widespread labour shortages...that's the message some business leaders are sending to the CAQ government. The week of August 12, the government is holding hearings on its immigration plan. The CAQ government intends to cut the number of immigrants it accepts this year by 20 percent - from over 50,000 last year, to 40,000 for 2019. They say this is a temporary reduction and that their new system will give immigrants more support to learn French and integrate into Quebec society. Between 2020 and 2022, they want to gradually increase the number of immigrants admitted, selecting candidates based on the immediate needs of the labour market. But Quebec's business leaders say that's not enough. We speak to Denis Hamel, the Vice President workforce Policies Development at Conseil du Patronat du Quebec- an organization representing more than 70,000 employers in Quebec.