Not only is Québec City warm and welcoming, it’s also
home to a stimulating, opportunity-rich job market.
Québec City’s job market offers numerous opportunities. In 2008, the city had
the lowest unemployment rate in all of Québec. Furthermore, between 1995 and
2005, its employment growth rate was at 2.4%, the highest province-wide.
According to the last estimates coming from Emploi-Québec, the National Capital Region will be offering 9 500 new jobs and will have 50 000 chairs to fulfill following retirement departures between 2009 and 2013.
There are many different types of jobs available. The services sector is
stronger than the goods and manufacturing sector. In the Québec City area,
most jobs fall within the following fields:
- Health and social assistance services
- Municipal, provincial, and federal public administration
- Finance and insurance
- Hospitality services
Remember: in Québec, a number of occupations and
professions are governed by professional corporations. You must make sure
that your credentials and work experience will be recognized in Québec;
otherwise, you will need to take training sessions to ensure that your
qualifications meet current regulations.
For more information on this subject, visit the website of Ministère de l’Immigration et des Communautés culturelles and see the sections on Regulated professions and trades and Acquiring training if necessary.
This means that even though there are labor shortages in certain sectors,
there is no guarantee that you will find a job upon arrival. Refer to our
Finding a Job section for more helpful information or visit 1888mevoila.com.
Most workers in Québec are protected by the Act respecting labor standards,
which contains provisions for issues such as wages, leaves and absences, and
end of employment. The legal minimum wage in Québec for 2010 is $9.50/hour.
For more information, contact
Commission des normes du travail, the organization responsible for
enforcing the Act.