You may have noticed it: several companies are turning to international recruiting. Very often they have no other choice. Canada is facing a record labor shortage. In Quebec, employment has returned to its pre-pandemic level.
The various economic recovery projects and the various changes brought about by the pandemic have slowed down or stopped international recruitment for companies used to having recourse to foreign workers. For those who are not used to it, it is sometimes a puzzle that must be solved before finding one’s way around.
Here we will try to explain the procedures to know how you can use international recruitment and enrich your teams with talents from all over the world.
Why recruit workers from abroad?
Certain key sectors of the industry are struggling to find qualified workers in Quebec or elsewhere in Canada. There are many reasons for this: an aging population and a lack of qualified personnel to exercise jobs that require academic background or know-how. Across Canada, the territories are large, as are the ambitions, but there are not enough people to meet the needs for expansion and development.
It is for this reason that Canada has invested in economic immigration programs. Quebec has the particularity of managing its own immigration access programs on the integration and francization of newcomers.
But in concrete terms, what can international recruitment bring to the company?
Have access to qualified francophone labor
The French-speaking linguistic space includes 36 countries around the world. That is to say that the French language is either official language, or one of the official languages, or one of the languages spoken by more than 20% of the population. Which means that it is not only in France where we speak French.
Imagine the positive impact that the integration of Francophone workers from all over the world can have! Your company would become a cultural crossroads in which people from here and elsewhere come together and share a unique experience of working and living together.
Note that for positions in which an advanced level of French is not required, Quebec has agreements with countries such as Mexico, Brazil, Colombia or other Asian countries such as China.
Ultimately, depending on your needs, there are pools of potential candidates ready to live the Quebec or Canadian experience and integrate into your work environment.
Open up to new working methods
It is clear that having employees who come from elsewhere brings its share of differences. Your new colleagues will have other ways of thinking about a solution and solving a problem. They will also have other ways of working, which could bring new perspectives to your business.
Studies show: a diverse team performs better. The best social bonds are created at work. With people who don’t necessarily look like us, it’s even better.
Promote your business internationally
Small scenario: you are dealing with an international recruitment firm and you participate in an international immigration fair. Hundreds, if not thousands, of applicants register and are interested in a career in your field of activity. Imagine for a moment the potential to market your business elsewhere than here.
In addition to this international component, you can promote it at the municipal or provincial level. The more diversity and interest there is in your business, the more visible it will be to all players in your sector.
Establish a culture of partnership within the company
You can use newcomer matchmaking within your company. For example, putting one of the workers in the company in touch with a new immigrant employee in order to better integrate him into the company. Thus, a team spirit, mutual aid and solidarity within the company will be born and grow. This will strengthen your teams.
We’re not going to lie to each other, the how is more difficult than the why. The procedures for recruiting, hiring and welcoming foreign workers can discourage more than one. The secret is knowing how to do it and being patient. It must be said that at the end of the administrative and legal tunnel are hiding the talents you need.
The deadlines can be long, the costs associated with this recruitment can be substantial. You might as well arm yourself with patience.
In general, you have two choices: hiring temporary workers or permanent workers. In both cases, you have to take steps either yourself or through specialists in international recruitment. It should be noted that the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration offers services in this regard to businesses.
Either way, you need to make sure you follow the procedures to the letter. Submit an application to the Ministry of Immigration, Francization and Integration. You must also make a commitment to offer a full-time job (more than 30 hours / week) to the employee.
If you decide to go through the recruitment of a permanent worker, know that if your file is accepted, you can have them assigned a closed work permit for a period of two years. That is, during these two years, the employee will not be able to work for another company. A good way to build a relationship of trust.
For regulated professions, there are measures that allow recognition of foreign skills and diplomas in Quebec. It is important to learn about these procedures in order to do things properly.
Recruit a French worker
As we all know, Quebec maintains a special relationship with France. There is an agreement that concerns several trades.
Thus, several trades are recognized, which allows French workers to exercise their trades directly. As a result, the mobility of French workers is facilitated. Find out more about this agreement.
International recruitment with Jobillico
At Jobillico, we encourage recruiters to use international talent. In fact, our pool of candidates includes many talents from all over the world. The employer therefore has the choice of whether or not to receive applications from abroad.
However, Jobillico is not a placement agency or an agency specializing in immigration, so we cannot help recruiters and candidates with their administrative procedures related to arriving in Canada.
International recruitment can curb the labor shortage in some sectors, but does not contain it. If you want to recruit foreign workers, consider doing business with specialized agencies and seeking advice from experts. This will ensure that you save time, money and energy.