Employment: a one-stop shop for immigrants

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Currently, a licensed professional who wishes to obtain a permit to practice in Quebec is achieved at the end of about three years.

The government Couillard, the 46 professional orders of Quebec and the institutions of education and health undertake to facilitate the journey of the immigrants that are in search of jobs at the height of their powers.


They have agreed, out of a great meeting on Thursday, putting the hand to the dough in order to better recognize the skills of foreign-trained professionals.


This will include, among others, by the establishment of a single window, which will bring together under one address with the necessary information to assist the candidates in their efforts ; the strengthening of the francization and technical support of the school ; the sharing of best practices in the evaluation of applications for admission, and raising the awareness of employers to improve their assessment of applications from immigrants.


We will also target employment of transition, which will allow immigrants to maintain their skills, waiting to get a job says ” full potential “.


“We can’t afford to let talent aside ; we need to recruit talent in Quebec,” said premier Philippe Couillard, who was also involved in the event. It is a matter of the utmost importance for Quebec. “


Too often, foreign-trained professionals who settle in the province to become ” human tragedies “, he added.


Currently, according to government data, a registered professional who wishes to obtain a permit to practice in Quebec is achieved at the end of about three years.

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The delay is even longer for candidates with training that is not on an approved list, or a related training. We are talking about approximately five years for the latter.


Several candidates drop out. The Conseil interprofessionnel du Québec estimates that approximately half of the candidates who have obtained a partial recognition of equivalence will abandon the process before they have their license.


“Today, it is a first step which is non-negligible, said the minister of Justice, Stéphanie Vallée. This is the first time that we had the same table all the actors who have a role to play in the recognition of skills of the professionals. “


However, the issue was all as real as this ten years ago, when prime minister Jean Charest had concluded an agreement with France, thus accelerating the recognition of diplomas.


At this very moment, more than 1000 nurses are trained outside of Canada are waiting for space to conduct their professional integration program, while the health system has urgent needs in terms of manpower, has shown the president of the College of nurses, Lucie Tremblay.