A new, temporary platform allows residents to find Quebec essential job opportunities.\nEssential businesses are invited to share their employment needs by region.\nVisit MTLBlog for more headlines.\nThe current massive layoffs, whether temporary or permanent, do not affect all companies. Some essential and priority services, by contrast, currently lack qualified personnel to ensure the smooth operation of their businesses. To help them out, as well as individuals whose careers have been impacted by the crisis, the Government of Quebec has unveiled a new essential job platform.\nJean Boulet, Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Solidarity and MNA for Trois-Rivières, made the announcement on his Twitter account on April 21.\n"Several priority businesses are in desperate need of workers. ...We are setting up this platform to meet this urgent demand."\nThis new initiative allows companies to express their specific needs in each area of the province where they operate, as well as to post job openings.\nThe platform allows job-seekers to easily find and connect with employers.\nBusiness owners fill out a detailed form about their requirements, while job seekers are able to search by region or skill keywords.\nThe tool is intended to be temporary and can only be used by companies that the government considers essential or priority.\nAt the time of writing, employers have posted over 100 opportunities.\nPlusieurs entreprises prioritaires ont un besoin criant de main-d’oeuvre. Nous devons les soutenir dans leurs démarches. C’est pour répondre à cette demande urgente que nous mettons en place cette plateforme. @Gouv_MTESS pic.twitter.com/h6DksAIyDe— Jean Boulet (@JeanBoulet10) April 21, 2020\nThe jobs posted represent fields as diverse as construction, landscape maintenance, health, and food service.\nHowever, the government reiterates that the safety of all remains the number one objective.\n"Employers and workers have a legal obligation to respect all measures taken by the government, by decree or ministerial order [...] currently in effect in Quebec following the COVID-19 pandemic."\nJ’invite tous les Québécois à venir travailler dans nos champs pour aider les entreprises agricoles en cette période où chaque coup de main est important. Travaillons ensemble à assurer notre autonomie alimentaire ! @andrelamontagn2 @Gouv_MTESS @CPMT pic.twitter.com/8SNcyTlumJ— Jean Boulet (@JeanBoulet10) April 17, 2020\nOther types of financial assistance to Canadians, such as wage subsidies, will also soon be available to individual employers to give a boost to the local economy.\n#COVID19 | Les Québécois sont invités à venir prêter main-forte aux entreprises des secteurs jugées prioritaires. Voyez les offres au https://t.co/1ZInhoQC74.— MTESS Québec (@Gouv_MTESS) April 24, 2020\nMinister Boulet has also confirmed that the provincial minimum wage will increase on May 1.\nStay tuned for more news.\nThis article was originally published in French on Narcity Québec.