The 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.

Jean Boulet, Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Solidarity and MNA for Trois-Rivières, made the announcement on his Twitter account on April 21.

"Several priority businesses are in desperate need of workers. ...We are setting up this platform to meet this urgent demand."

This 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.

The platform allows job-seekers to easily find and connect with employers.

Business owners fill out a detailed form about their requirements, while job seekers are able to search by region or skill keywords.

The tool is intended to be temporary and can only be used by companies that the government considers essential or priority.

At the time of writing, employers have posted over 100 opportunities.

The jobs posted represent fields as diverse as construction, landscape maintenance, health, and food service.

However, the government reiterates that the safety of all remains the number one objective.

"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."

Other 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.

Minister Boulet has also confirmed that the provincial minimum wage will increase on May 1.

Stay tuned for more news.


This article was originally published in French on Narcity Québec.

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