Labour shortage: job seekers find work in Montreal
MONTREAL -- Many new Canadians at a job fair on Thursday found work immediately, they said, because Quebec businesses are hiring.
Quebec's unemployment rate is the lowest in the country--tied with British Columbia--according to recent Statistics Canada numbers.
The number means people looking for work are more often in control of their careers.
"All the sectors of the economy are actually hiring: aerospace, IT, engineering, healthcare, manufacturing and we can find different open positions in education," said Eric Boutie, organizer of Thursday's job fair.
Companies like Oasis, which specializes in 3D animation, need skilled workers -- and can't find enough in Quebec.
"Nowadays, we are looking for people from everywhere in the world because there's a lack of artists in Quebec and in Canada," said Gregory Magne, a recruiter at Oasis animation.
Even larger corporations, like Costco, are resorting to new incentives to recruit workers.
"The minimum wage was $13 for Costco, and then we increased it at $15 in order to help us hire people," said Sabrina Marchand, a Costco recruiter.
With files from CTV Montreal's Stephane Giroux