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Posted on April 22 2022

Quebec reeling under manpower shortages in 2022

By  Editor
Updated October 27 2023

Quebec has started the year off with many job openings, and a low employment rate is the two most dire situations. Several measures were introduced to support the immigrants by the federal and provincial governments to address job shortages.

Institute du Québec has reported that Quebec’s labor market has been changed for the worse because of the pandemic, and it worsened the public health measures and brought new challenges.

With a lack of potential workers and descending participation rate in the job market among the individuals from 55 and above, a definite shift needs to be considered by the businesses, schools, unions, and governments to meet the labor shortages and human resources management, which is going to be the most challenging obstacle to recover from.

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Expected labor market challenges in 2022

Employers who are facing trouble recruiting need to set their hiring standards lower. More professionals will need candidates with writing and complex solving skills and more robust reading comprehension, whereas Canada and Quebec continue to struggle with digital literacy. The necessity for experienced and qualified workers will increase, specifically in social assistance, health care, informational technology, educational services, and construction. With more opportunities to work in a hybrid model or work from home, the potential workers are least willing to work for the jobs that do not offer this option.

Measures to address labor shortages by Quebec’s immigration

Quebec is initiating a few measures to look into labor shortages, like accelerating immigration levels and making it more straightforward for employers with real labor shortages to hire foreign workers temporarily.

According to Quebec’s Immigration Levels Plan, released on October 28th, 2021, the province is prepared to invite 52,500 new permanent residents in 2022. The newly arrived candidates will come through programs like Quebec’s economic immigration, the Quebec Experience Program(PEQ), and the Quebec Skilled worker Program (QSWP).

The immigration levels planning added 18,000 admissions to meet the levels of admission that weren’t filled due to the pandemic in 2020. This is supposed to result in 70,000 newcomers being admitted to Quebec in 2022.

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