Companies call for accelerated procedures governing the attraction of international workers at the Fourth Strategic Forum on Internationalization

MONTREAL, June 6, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – The Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal, Montréal International and Investissement Québec International held their event today, “International at the heart of our businesses’ growth”. The fourth edition of this Strategic Forum brought together more than 350 people at New City Gas who came to discuss the dynamics of international markets and concrete tools for expanding abroad or attracting capital and talent.

This meeting took place with the participation of John BouletMinister of Labour, Employment and Social Solidarity, Minister of Immigration, Francisation and Integration and Minister responsible for the Mauricie region.

“In an uncertain global context, Greater Montreal’s business community remains resolutely focused on international opportunities. The economic dynamism of the metropolis is illustrated by its attractiveness. This can be seen with the foreign investments announced or in progress, such as the Moderna vaccine manufacturing plant and the development of the battery sector. The metropolis is also very attractive for talent, who continue to choose Quebec and Greater Montreal. We must continue the work to maintain this enviable position against our competitors,” said Michael LeBlancPresident and Chief Executive Officer of Room of trade in metropolitan Montreal.

“This morning’s discussions, however, identified some challenges in attracting and retaining international companies and talent. Several speakers described in particular the red tape and delays involved in recruiting abroad in a context of labor shortages and strong international competition. We must prioritize the rapid reduction of administrative and regulatory burdens in order to fully support the development and economic prosperity of Quebec and Greater Montreal. The influence of the metropolis depends on our ability to attract and retain, so we must act quickly,” continued Michael LeBlanc.

“While the economic recovery is in full swing, the observation is clear: Greater Montreal is a strategic location for both highly qualified talent and for international businesses and organizations. The metropolis can pride itself on attracting large-scale projects that could have landed in London, New York, san francisco Where Paris. Our cutting-edge ecosystems attract international talent looking to boost their careers. We should be delighted: their presence makes our metropolis shine internationally and creates wealth for the Quebec economy, for the Canadian economy,” explained Stéphane Paquet, President and CEO of Montréal International.

“This forum is fully in line with the vision of Investissement Québec and its large international team to be an essential partner in the growth of Québec companies here and outside our borders. This place of meetings and exchanges has put forward concrete means to help our entrepreneurs to do well in their international development,” added Hubert BolducPresident of Investissement Québec International.

“Recruiting and retaining the workforce is a challenge everywhere in Quebec. The greater Montreal area is no exception to this reality. It is therefore essential to provide companies with tools to attract and recruit talent. I am proud to participate in this event, which promotes the internationalization and expansion of the markets of Quebec companies and which relies on immigration as a solution to counter the labor shortage,” indicated John BouletMinister of Labour, Employment and Social Solidarity, Minister of Immigration, Francisation and Integration and Minister responsible for the Mauricie region.

“The relaunch of exports in the post-COVID-19 context represents an opportunity to seize for Quebec companies wishing to integrate new business networks. Over the past year, our government unveiled five territorial strategies that identify priority sectors and territories based on Québec’s interests, and target courses of action adapted to the context of each market. The network of Québec representations abroad is better equipped than ever to support the international ambitions of local businesses,” said Nadine GiraultMinister of International Relations and La Francophonie and Minister responsible for the Laurentians region.

“Attracting foreign students is a major contributor to Montréal’s identity and its international influence. As such, it was important for Minister Boulet to clarify the government’s position regarding the bill on the exemption of additional tuition fees for international students in the regions. In particular, he specified that the regionalization measures would not be to the detriment of the universities of Greater Montreal. We will continue to closely monitor the implementation of this program to ensure that it does not weaken the city’s university ecosystem. Teaching and research are major assets of Greater Montreal, they must be preserved,” concluded Michael LeBlanc.

About the Strategic Forum “International at the heart of the growth of our companies”

The Strategic Forum “The international at the heart of the growth of our companies” was co-developed by the Room of Commerce du Montréal métropolitain, Montréal International and Investissement Québec International. It was presented by RBC and produced in collaboration with Ubisoft Montreal, as well as in partnership with EDC Exportation et développement Canada and Montreal Gazette. This event was made possible thanks to the financial participation of the Government of Quebec.

About the Room of trade in metropolitan Montreal

With a network of 8,000 members, the Room of commerce du Montréal métropolitain (hereafter “the Board of Trade”) acts on two fronts: it carries the voice of the metropolitan business community and offers specialized services to companies and their employees. For 200 years, it has been involved in matters that are decisive for the prosperity of businesses and the city. With the support of its Acclr experts, the Chamber aims to accelerate the creation and growth of businesses of all sizes, here and abroad.

About Montreal International

Montreal International (MI) is a non-profit organization funded by the private sector, the governments of Quebec and Canada, the Montreal Metropolitan Community and the City of Montreal. MI’s mandate is to attract and retain foreign investment (companies and start-ups), international organizations, skilled workers and international students in the metropolitan area by offering them support services tailored to their needs.

About Investissement Québec

Investissement Québec’s mission is to actively participate in Québec’s economic development by stimulating business innovation, entrepreneurship and takeover, as well as the growth of investment and exports. Present in all administrative regions of Quebec, the Company supports the creation and development of businesses of all sizes through investments and adapted financial solutions. Investissement Québec also offers numerous consulting services, including technological support offered by Investissement Québec – CRIQ. In addition, thanks to Investissement Québec International, it supports Québec companies in their export projects, while ensuring the prospecting of talent and foreign investment in Québec.

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For further information: Source: Jean-Baptiste Portrait, Press Attaché, Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal, Tel. : 514 871-4000, extension 4072, [email protected]

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