The labor market in Québec
Quebec has an open labor market, though affected by the recent economic crisis which hit worldwide economies. However, a skilled, trained, educated and young French speaking workforce is still very welcome in various economic sectors such as IT, new technologies, translation services and catering.
In Québec, cities of Montreal and Quebec City attract many new immigrants due to the fact that they offer many professional opportunities. Outside big cities, rural areas also need this trained and qualified foreign workforce. In order to attract new skilled residents, many provincial towns in Quebec offer very favorable conditions such as relocation services and immigration consultants who help and assist new immigrants with basic paperworks and formalities like finding a day-nursery or a school for their children.
In Quebec, the legal working time is set at 40 hours a week and working overtime is authorized and often paid extra. The employee receives two weeks leave per year during the first year of employment, then 3 weeks leave after 5 years in office in the same company.
In Québec, signing a written work contract is not mandatory. Verbal contracts are widespread. In Quebec, you can get hired very rapidly but you can also be very quickly dismissed. A probatory period generally applies (from a few days to several moths).
There are two hourly minimum wage in Quebec, CAD $ 8.5 for most employees and CAD $ 7.75 for tip employees (waiters, waitresses).
Commissions des Normes du Travail - Labor Standards in Québec
Guide section: Work
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