Acute labour shortages in Quebec and more provincial funding of settlement services for immigrants are creating tremendous opportunities for immigrants coming to fill vacant jobs in the francophone province.
In September this year, Quebec had the second-lowest unemployment rate in Canada at 5.7 per cent. Only Manitoba, at 5.6 per cent, had a lower unemployment rate than La Belle Province.
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The province’s immigration minister, Nadine Girault, is bullish on bringing in more foreign workers to deal with Quebec’s growing labour shortages.
Quebec’s new Immigration Levels Plan will see up to 70,500 new immigrants welcomed in 2022.
The figures include 52,500 newcomers under the previously announced plan, and 18,000 intended to make up the deficit of newcomers registered during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The rebalancing figure is high because Quebec immigration is forecasting that it will fail to reach its 2021 immigration target.
Last month, the province announced it would be investing more into immigrant settlement services.
“I am pleased to announce today an important investment of more than $20 million to support non-profit organizations that help immigrants settle into our regions,” Girault tweeted in mid-October.
While there is certainly no lack of opportunity in most economic sectors for job hunters in Quebec, the Top 10 Most In-Demand Jobs in Quebec are in information technology (IT), healthcare, and the trades.
Here are the Top 10 Most In-Demand Jobs in Quebec as determined by the JobBoom job-hunting website.
1. Computer Network Technicians (NOC 2281)
With the boom in online shopping and working from home due to the pandemic, demand for computer network technicians has only grown from its already high level.
These are the people who establish, operate, maintain and co-ordinate the use of local and wide area networks (LANs and WANs), mainframe networks, hardware, software and related computer equipment. They set up and maintain Internet and intranet Web sites and Web-server hardware and software, and monitor and optimize network connectivity and performance.
In Quebec, the median annual wage for computer network technicians, based on a 37.5-hour work week, is $58,130 but those at the upper edge of the wage scale can make up to $101,400 per year.
2. Electrical and electronics engineers (NOC 2133)
Electrical utilities, communications companies, manufacturers of electrical and electronic equipment, consulting firms, and by a wide range of manufacturing, processing and transportation industries and government all employ electrical and electronics engineers to design, plan, research, evaluate and test electrical and electronic equipment and systems.
In mid-November, the Indeed job website had 162 of these good-paying jobs open in Quebec.
These highly-skilled workers earn a median annual income of $88,000 in Quebec but can rake in as much as $137,150 per year based on a standard, 37.5-hour work week.
3. Interactive media developers (NOC 2174)
These are the workers who make the magic that runs all of that cool computer media stuff.
They write, modify, integrate and test computer code for software applications, data processing applications, operating systems-level software and communications software, for Internet and mobile applications, computer-based training software, computer games, film, video and other interactive media.
In mid-November, Job Bank listed 179 openings for these tech-savvy workers in Quebec alone and a total of 522 such jobs across Canada.
They earn a median annual income of $65,000 in Quebec but those salaries can reach as high as $112,500 in the Montreal region based on a 37.5-hour work week.
4. Civil engineering technicians (NOC 2231)
Providing technical support and services to scientists, engineers and other professionals, civil engineering technologists and technicians are usually employed by consulting engineering and construction companies, public works, transportation and other government departments.
Even during the pandemic’s fourth wave in November, there were 89 jobs for these highly-skilled workers in Quebec, offering a median annual wage of $57,000 for a standard work week.
At the upper end of the wage scale, civil engineering technicians in Quebec can earn up to $117,900 per year.
5. Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates (NOC 3413)
In mid-November, there were 360 positions for nurse aides in Quebec alone, the highest number of jobs for this occupation of any province in Canada.
In Quebec, these positions come with an average annual salary of $39,500 based on a 37.5-hour work week but that pay can go up to $60,000 depending on experience and the location of the job.
These are the people who assist nurses, hospital staff and physicians in the basic care of patients in hospitals, nursing homes, assisted care facilities for the elderly and other healthcare establishments.
6. Early childhood educators (NOC 4214)
These special people plan, organize and implement programs for children between the ages of infancy and 12 years.
Early childhood educators work in child-care centres, day-care centres, kindergartens, agencies for exceptional children and other settings where early childhood education services are provided.
The province of Quebec is practically screaming to get more of these workers. Quebec has the highest number of vacancies for early childhood educators of any province in Canada, with 319 job openings, reveals Job Bank.
The median annual income for these jobs is $40,265 based on a 37.5-hour work week but the annual salary can hit as high as $84,400 in one region of the province.
7. Carpenters (NOC 7271)
Everyone who has walked or driven by a construction site for new homes in Canada has seen these workers. They are the ones who hammer together the roofs, walls, and floors of houses. Carpenters also fabricate, assemble, erect, install and repair concrete walls and exterior finishes of buildings.
They are usually employed by construction and renovation companies and by makers of pre-fab housing.
In mid-November, there were 109 jobs for carpenters in Quebec alone and a total of 1,219 such open positions across the country.
In Quebec, the median annual income for a carpenter is $58,500 based on a standard work week but in some regions of the province the yearly income for these workers can hit $87,750.
8. Psychiatric nurses (NOC 3012)
Psychiatric nurses are in big demand in Quebec with 125 job openings in mid-November in that province alone.
These professionals provide direct nursing care to patients, deliver health education programs and provide consultative services regarding issues relevant to the practice of nursing. They are employed in a variety of settings including hospitals, nursing homes, extended care facilities, rehabilitation centres, doctors’ offices, clinics, community agencies, companies, private homes and public and private organizations.
In Quebec, they are paid a median annual salary of $68,250 based on a 37.5-hour work week but their annual income can go as high as $89,700.
9, Computer engineers (NOC 2147)
Computer engineers – outside of those who are software engineers and designers – handle everything else about computer networks.
They research, plan, design, develop, modify, evaluate and integrate computer and telecommunications hardware and related equipment, and information and communication system networks including mainframe systems, local and wide area networks, fibre-optic networks, wireless communication networks, intranets, the Internet and other data communications systems.
In Quebec, Job Bank gives this occupational group its highest rating for long-term job prospects.
The job comes with a median annual income of $83,350 based on a standard work week in Quebec and can pay as much as $112,500 per year.
10. Welders (NOC 7237)
Employed by companies that make structural steel and platework, boilers, heavy machinery, aircraft and ships and other metal products as well as contractors and welding shops, welders are in huge demand in Quebec right now.
More than half the jobs for welders in Canada, 384 of 752, were in Quebec in mid-November.
The median annual income for welders in Quebec working a standard, 37.5-hour work week is $43,875 but wages can hit as high as $76,050 in the Eastern Townships region of the province.