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Canada: Top 10 Jobs In Demand In Quebec Due To Labour Shortage

In the Quebec immigration news, due to severe labour shortages and increased provincial support of settlement services, Quebec provides enormous prospects for immigrants arriving to fill vacant jobs.

At 5.7 per cent, Quebec has the second-lowest unemployment rate in Canada in September. Even Manitoba had a lower unemployment rate than La Belle Province, at 5.6 per cent.

Quebec’s Immigration Minister, Nadine Girault, is optimistic about bringing in more foreign employees to address the province’s mounting skills shortages. In 2022, Quebec’s revised Immigration Levels Plan anticipates welcoming up to 70,500 new immigrants. The statistics comprise 52,500 immigrants under the earlier announced plan and 18,000 newcomers to make up for the Covid-19 pandemic’s newcomer shortfall. Because Quebec immigration is expected to fall short of its 2021 immigration objective, the rebalancing amount is high.

The province said last month that it will increase its investment in immigrant settling 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 job seekers in Canada's Quebec have plenty of options in various economic sectors, however, the top 10 most in-demand jobs in Quebec are in information technology (IT), healthcare, and trades.

According to the JobBoom job-search website, these are the Top 10 Most In-Demand Jobs in Quebec.

1. Computer Network Technicians

The rise in internet shopping and working from home as a result of the pandemic has only increased demand for computer network experts, which was already substantial. People who set up, run, manage, and coordinate the use of local and wide area networks (LANs and WANs), mainframe systems, hardware, software, and other computer equipment are known as network administrators.

They configure and operate Internet and intranet Web sites, as well as Web-server hardware and software, as well as monitor and optimize network connectivity and performance. The typical annual income for computer network technicians in Quebec is $58,130, based on a 37.5-hour work week, although individuals at the top of the wage scale can earn up to $101,400.

2. Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Electrical and electronics engineers are employed by electrical utilities, telecom providers, manufacturers of electrical and electronic equipment, consulting firms, and a variety of manufacturing, processing, and transportation industries, as well as the government, to design, strategize, research, assess, and test electrical and electronic equipment and systems.

The Indeed job website has 162 of these well-paying jobs open in Quebec as of mid-November. In Quebec, these highly trained employees earn a typical annual income of $88,000, but on a standard 37.5-hour work week, they can earn as much as $137,150.

3. Interactive Media Developer

These are the people that work behind the scenes to make the magic that allows all of that fancy computer media to work. They write, edit, integrate, and test computer code for Internet and mobile applications, computer-based training software, computer games, cinema, video, and other interactive media.

Job Bank had 179 positions for these tech-savvy individuals in Quebec alone in mid-November, with a total of 522 across Canada. They earn a typical annual income of $65,000 in Quebec, while incomes in the Montreal region can exceed $1,12,500 depending on a 37.5-hour workweek.

4. Civil Engineering Technicians

Civil engineering technologists and technicians work for consulting engineering and construction firms, public works, transportation, and other government departments, providing technical support and services to scientists, engineers, and other professionals.

Even during the fourth wave of the virus outbreak, in November, there were 89 positions available in Quebec for these highly skilled professionals, with a median yearly income of $57,000 for a typical work week. Civil engineering technicians in Quebec can make up to $1,17,900 per year at the top of the pay scale.

5. Nurse Aides, Orderlies, And Patient Service Associates

In mid-November, there were 360 nurse aide positions available in Quebec alone, the most of any province in Canada. These jobs pay an average annual compensation of $39,500 in Quebec, based on a 37.5-hour work week, although pay can go up to $60,000 depending on factors such as experience and job location. These are the people that help nurses, hospital personnel, and physicians in hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities for the elderly, and other healthcare facilities with fundamental patient care.

6. Early Childhood Educators

These individuals create, coordinate, and implement programs for children ranging in age from infancy to twelve years old. Preschool teachers and Early childhood educators work in child-care centres, day-care centres, kindergartens, special-needs organizations, and other settings that provide early childhood education. Quebec is practically pleading with the federal government for more of these workers.

According to Job Bank, Quebec has the most vacancies for early childhood educators of any province in Canada, with 319 job openings. Depending on a 37.5-hour work week, the median annual compensation for these positions is $40,265; but, in one section of the province, the yearly salary might reach $84,400.

7. Carpenters

These employees are familiar to everyone who has strolled or driven past a construction site for new homes in Canada. They’re the ones who put the roofs, walls, and floors of houses together. Carpenters also construct, assemble, erect, install, and maintain concrete walls and building exterior finishes.

Construction and renovation firms, as well as prefab house manufacturers, frequently use them. There were 109 carpenter job openings in Quebec alone, with a total of 1,219 across the country in mid-November. The median annual pay for a carpenter in Quebec is $58,500 based on a regular workweek, however, this figure can rise to $87,750 in some areas of the province.

8. Psychiatric Nurses

Psychiatric nurses are in high demand in Quebec, where there were 125 employment opportunities as of mid-November. These professionals provide direct nursing care to patients, as well as health education programs and consultation services on matters relating to nursing practice.

Hospitals, nursing homes, extended care facilities, rehabilitation centres, doctors’ offices, clinics, community agencies, companies, private homes, and public and private organizations are among the places where they work. They earn a median annual pay of $68,250 in Quebec, based on a 37.5-hour workweek, but their yearly earnings can reach $89,700.

9. Computer Engineers

Apart from software engineers and designers, computer engineers are responsible for all other aspects of computer networks. The study, strategize, design, establish, test, modify, and integrate computer and telecommunications hardware and related equipment, as well as information and communication system connections such as mainframes, local and wide area networks, fibre-optic networks, wireless communication networks, intranets, the Internet, and other data communications systems.

This occupational group has the best long-term job prospects in Quebec, according to Job Bank. The position pays up to $1,12,500 a year and has a median annual income of $83,350 based on a standard workweek in Quebec.

10. Welders

Welders are in high demand in Quebec right now, working for enterprises that create structural steel and plate work, boilers, heavy machinery, aeroplanes and ships, and other metal items, as well as contractors and welding shops.

In mid-November, Quebec had 384 of the 752 positions available for welders in Canada. Welders in Quebec earn an average of $43,875 a year during a standard 37.5-hour work week, but wages in the province’s Eastern Townships can reach $76,050.

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