Looking for a job? We've got good news for you. All 70 Éconofitness gyms are having a "provincial recruitment event" on August 19, which means you can go in and speak with the manager at "the gym of your choice" between 12 to 8 p.m. and let them know you'd like to work there.
You don't even need to bring a CV, all you have to do is show up in person! And if you can't make it that day, no stress. You can go in any day and just ask to speak with a manager.
There's also a form online you can fill out if you're hoping to snag a job as a host or manager at one of this chain's 70 gyms across Quebec.
The best part? If you end up working at an Éconofitness, you'll get a free membership – meaning your workouts won't cost you a dime.
The gym lists other reasons why one should work for the company, including a "great working atmosphere, flexible hours, unpretentious environment, [and] exclusive discounts with multiple partners."
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The search for a job can be long and exhausting, but Amazon Career Day in Canada may help make it a little easier for you.
On Wednesday, September 15, Amazon Career Day will provide job seekers with a look at the thousands of jobs available for them in Quebec, and across Canada.
Starting at 12 p.m., you'll be able to virtually watch fireside chats, panels, and discussions with career experts.
The live stream is said to be meant for anyone looking for a job, no matter their level of experience, professional field, or background.
The event is described as being "designed to support all job seekers, whether they are looking for a new job or hoping to transition to a different career altogether—at Amazon or another company." Anyone can register on the Amazon Career Day website.
Multiple protesters still donned yellow stars, a symbol of the Holocaust, and one person held a sign that read, "It's not Auschwitz, it's Quebec." However, protesters did not block entry to the gym and clients were able to access their workouts freely.
Since I couldn't find the proof of vaccination QR code the government sent me after my doses, I re-downloaded it on Quebec.ca earlier in the day and saved a screenshot to my phone.
Upon passing through a turnstile at the entrance to the gym, I was greeted by an ÉconoFitness staff member who asked to see my QR code. She scanned it with the government's app, which she had on her phone, and a green checkmark appeared. The only information visible on her phone was my full name and the words "Certifié par le Gouvernement du Québec."
If your credential is not accepted, a red box pops up instead of a green one and there's a warning symbol instead of a checkmark.
"It was super simple, nothing against it," an ÉconoFitness member said to me, as he entered the gym.
According to Renaud Beaudry, Éconofitness vice-president, that was the general sentiment throughout the trial period, which ran from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
"So far it's going well. The application is very easy to use so it's user-friendly. The staff is understanding it very well [...] Most of [the members] had their QR codes ready for the test and — same thing for them — it was easy and user-friendly," Beaudry said. "The good news is we can keep the gyms open."
Alexander Dahl, whose technology company partnered with the government to create apps for this project, explained that the government will be releasing two apps: one for businesses and the other for individuals. The app for individuals is wallet-style so people can store multiple QR codes in one spot — useful, for example, for families.
But you can simply show your QR code or paper proof of vaccination if that's what you'd prefer.
Dahl said all data is encoded in the QR code and the apps do not connect to the internet.* No data is stored on the business user's device. He also said "Certifié par le Gouvernement du Québec" has the potential to change to certifications from other jurisdictions, potentially accommodating tourists.
Another pilot project took place at La Cage restaurant - Brasserie sportive de Lebourgneuf in Quebec City on August 11 and 12. Montreal bar Taverne Midway will also host a pilot project on August 20 from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
But with COVID-19 health protocols in effect, it won't be exactly the same as you remember it. We spoke to local fitness professionals and scoured the internet for information on what you can actually expect when you head back to gyms.
Red-zone gyms can only let in a limited number of people at one time.
According to Gabriel Hardy, Quebec's provincial lead on the Fitness Industry Council Of Canada, gyms determine this number by dividing their square footage to see how many people could effectively social distance at once.
On the other hand, you do not need to make an appointment to work out some gyms, such as Nautilus Plus. Instead, Nautilus shows occupancy rates — from 0-100% — in real-time on its website, so you'll want to check the page before you go.
Hardy said most locker rooms are closed and you'll need to wear a mask when you enter and exit the gym — so get changed before you leave and don't forget to bring a mask.
In some gyms, the use of a training towel is now mandatory, so bring your own towel as well.
Both Nautilus and Econofitness ask that you come with your water bottle already filled.
What can I expect when I arrive at the gym?
As mentioned, you'll need to be wearing your mask when you enter. Some gyms, including Nautilus Plus, have installed protective plexiglass at the reception and made it mandatory to sanitize your hands when you arrive.
Yaz Cissé, who owns Yaz Body Shop in NDG, told MTL Blog he'll also be using a non-contact thermometer to check clients' temperatures when they arrive.