Justin Trudeau panic: Canada calls for French help over labour shortage

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Restaurants, markets and tourism industries, as well as most other sectors, have pleaded for recruitment in their industry as they attempt to tackle a lack of manpower. A startling 221,000 positions are available all across the region.

Marie-Pier Germain, vice-president of sales and marketing for the Germain Hotels chain, one of which is located in downtown Montreal, expressed real concern about the lack of staff available for work.

They said: “There are certain evenings when we have had to close rooms due to a lack of maintenance staff.

“The hotel’s restaurant had to close its doors on certain evenings during the summer, always for the same reasons.

“We’re missing a lot of people to fill our teams.

“I have to tell you frankly that I don’t know what is more difficult: not having any customers or not being able to welcome them as we would like.”

Paul-André T. Goulet, president of Goulet Sports shops, explained the situation on why so many jobs were being made available in the country.

Mr Goulet said: “You have to know that in North America, the question of job security is almost non-existent, there are no permanent contracts.

“There are fewer holidays, the working hours and weeks are longer.

“So we really have to work hard so that employees choose us.”

One of the most affected fields in the recent shortage of workers is in the health sector.

More than 20,600 people are needed to fill up the necessary positions which are available.

Karl Blackburn, president of the Conseil du patronat du Québec, sent out a recruitment campaign aimed at getting French people to work in the country.

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They said: “If you have a taste for adventure, if you love North America and especially Quebec, and if you have a background in health, information technology, video games or aerospace, come to Quebec, a job is waiting for you.”

But the appeal for French people seems to have paid off in Canada.

In the next few weeks, around 270 French nationals are expected to work in a number of Montreal hospitals.

Jean-Baptiste Paganon and three other Frenchmen set up their own business which sells fresh produce and local products.

The company’s president said: “From an administrative point of view, we get a lot more help at the beginning.

“There is a very important ecosystem of start-ups, so that allows us to propel ourselves while being well surrounded and well supported.”

Additional reporting by Maria Ortega.

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