At a press conference on Thursday, Premier François Legault, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and several other government representatives announced huge new investments into Canada's aerospace industry. These investments are set to create "more than 1,000" high-paying jobs in Quebec and the rest of Canada.
"The projects announced today are tangible platforms for creating exciting jobs," Aéro Montréal explained in a press release.
When summer rolls around, maximizing time spent outdoors tends to be at the top of the to-do list for many Montrealers. The city really comes to life in the summer, and who can resist the warm breeze on a sunny day?
As for the things that make summer not so fun, being stuck indoors definitely takes the cake. It might be peak relaxation season, but it's also a great time to earn some money (especially if you're a student), and sadly a lot of jobs are likely to keep you inside and out of the sunshine.
The good news is that if you enjoy working outside and have a passion for green spaces, there are jobs — like landscaping — that won't make you choose between making money and enjoying the sun.
There's plenty of landscaping jobs available at the moment too. Strathmore Landscape, for instance, is hiring landscapers in the Greater Montreal area and Gatineau with dozens of positions available for all levels.
As a leader in the field of commercial landscape maintenance for over 55 years, their goal has always been to care for the environment while providing their team with fair and equal opportunities as well as job security.
There are over 40 different nationalities represented in the teams at Strathmore, so if travel restrictions are getting you down, you still have the chance to make friends from around the world without ever leaving Canada.
With salaries of up to $25/hour (based on your level of experience), Strathmore Landscape has plenty of opportunities for overtime each week, which is paid at one-and-a-half times the hourly rate.
Strathmore Landscape also offers permanent seasonal work as well as opportunities to develop skills and grow your expertise. So whether you're hired as a gardener, crew leader or as part of a Zero-Emission Crew (or any of Strathmore's other open positions), you'll have the chance to grow your career in commercial landscaping every season.
Plus, landscape maintenance is considered an essential service, so even with the health and safety restrictions of COVID-19, your job will be secure. There's also on-site parking and enclosed bike racks to make getting to and from work convenient and safe.
And when all that work outdoors has you feeling like you deserve some R&R, Strathmore Landscape hosts company events (always COVID-friendly). Classes like on-site yoga not only help team members refresh but are also a chance to get to know each other, and maybe even make friends for life.
Fun in the sun and fun on the job? Talk about perks on perks.
Requirements: Your job as an advisor to the auditor general at the National Assembly will require you to "contribute, through audits and other work, to better management of the various resources of the public administration as well as to parliamentary control, for the benefit of citizens."
Requirements: You'll help make workplaces safer with the Commission des normes, de l'énergie, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST), inspecting workplaces and looking after the health and safety of workers.
Requirements: Do you love the woods and want to personally ensure all forestry and land projects are up to code? Then you should consider joining the team at the Ministry of Forests, Wildlife and Parks.
Requirements: If none of those other jobs appeal to you and you're a student who wants to get some preliminary experience working in government before you graduate, this could be the right program for you.
Requirements: Similar to the Quebec government student jobs program, the Canadian government equivalent could be a valuable experience for you if you are a full-time high school, CEGEP, other college or university student.
Women also benefitted from the increase in high-paying jobs, as they "saw a larger increase in the number of jobs paying $30 an hour or more than men. The percentage growth in employment offering this compensation for women was moreover two and a half times higher than for men."
However, between 2019 and 2020, women lost "twice as many paying less than $20 an hour than men."
In addition, "people working in the finance, insurance, real estate and rental industries as well as professional, scientific and technical services [...] contributed nearly 40% to the overall increase in the number of jobs paid $30 an hour or more observed in 2020."