Employers brace for changing face of Laval workforce

By Robert Frank

With a significant proportion of workers aged over 50 getting set to retire, Laval’s booming economy will soon need to tap a new generation of workers.

To address this rapidly growing need, Laval’s immigration round table has slated a seminar at Montmorency College tomorrow morning, aimed at helping local employers find new workers from amidst the city’s burgeoning non-francophone population.

“Did you know that retirement will account for 62 percent of job vacancies during the next two years?” the Comité des partenaires en immigration de Laval (CPIL) asked in inviting firms involved in metalwork and retail sales to the March 20 confab.

“Did you know that one in four Laval residents was born outside the country?” CPIL added.

Statistics Canada’s latest census showed that in just five years, the city’s non-francophone population jumped from nearly 30 percent in 2006 to nearly 40 percent in 2011. At the current pace, Laval’s non-francophone population could top 50 percent by the time the next census tally is taken in 2016.

Tomorrow’s business get-together was organized by Quebec’s Immigration and Cultural Communities Ministry, together with CPIL, a talking-shop that brings together municipal, provincial and federal agencies, education officials and businesses in Laval.

Organizers said that the event will help acquaint employers with two programs designed to help recognize immigrant labour experience and to develop their qualifications.

The first is a workplace training program and the other is provides recognition for equivalent qualifications.

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