At their meeting in Paris on September 15, Yolande James, Québec’s Minister of Immigration and Cultural Communities, and Laurent Wauquiez, Secretary of State for Employment with France’s Department of the Economy, Industry and Employment, agreed to take steps to conclude a partnership agreement between Québec and Pôle Emploi International (PEI), a specialized international employment network. Once implemented, the agreement will allow Québec companies to offer job opportunities to French nationals, EU citizens and foreign nationals authorized to work in France.
In light of the important issues and benefits associated with employee recruitment, migratory flow management and labour mobility, Ms. James and Mr. Wauquiez recognized the necessity of establishing innovative partnerships to help prospective immigrants and employers carry out their projects and reach their full potential.
This new partnership agreement also reflects the commitment made by the Québec Premier and the French Prime Minister at the 15th Alternate Meeting in July 2008 to work together to improve professional integration services for French nationals. In this regard, Québec and France signed an agreement guaranteeing the mutual recognition of professional qualifications in October 2008.
“Between now and 2012, nearly 700,000 jobs will have to be filled in Québec. We must ensure that companies have enough qualified workers to meet their growth needs. We also know that employment integration is the key to ensuring that all citizens contribute fully to social development,” said Ms. James.
Mr. Wauquiez concluding by mentioning the strong attraction that Québec holds for French workers. Québec accounts for most of the job offers extended to French nationals considering immigration.
Québec Government Office in Paris