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The labor market in Quebec

Before looking for a job in Quebec, you have to be familiar with the labour market. Here are some general indications about working conditions.

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 Quebec, 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 paperwork and formalities like finding a day-nursery or a school for their children.

Labor laws

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. Signing a written work contract is not mandatory in Quebec. Verbal contracts are widespread.

Generally, you can get hired very rapidly but you can also be very quickly dismissed. A probation period generally applies and can vary from a few days to several months. There are two hourly minimum wage in Quebec, CAD $ 8.5 for most employees and CAD $ 7.75 for tip employees such as waiters, waitresses.

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Labor Standards in Quebec

www.cnt.gouv.qc.ca

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