Quebec turns to immigration to solve the shortage of nurses
Jean Boulet, Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Solidarity of Quebec and Minister responsible for the Mauricie region.
The Legault government is turning to immigration to solve the shortage of nurses in the health network. A living allowance of $500 will be offered to nurses from abroad who come to work in the province.
Candidates from French-speaking countries will be favoured. We are looking to hire about 1,000 immigrants, who will be granted their permanent residence on an accelerated basis. Already, 300 candidates have offered their services.
Once they arrive in Quebec, they will have to take refresher training, as provided by the Fédération interprofessionnelle de la santé du Québec (FIQ). During this course, they will be able to work as a beneficiary attendant for up to 20 hours per week. Those who do not pass the training will be able to stay in Quebec in this role.
In December, the government announced investments of $130 million to facilitate the recognition of the skills of immigrants.
In September, Quebec showed a lack of more than 4,000 nurses in its health network. A bonus program, oscillating between $12,000 and $18,000, was then set up to convince nurses to take up the collar again.
More than 2,500 nurses have agreed to return to work, according to the Minister of Health, Christian Dubé. In addition, 5,500 people agreed to switch from part-time to full-time hours. “It’s the equivalent of having hired 2,000 people proportionally, believes Christian Dubé. We achieved our goal, it was ambitious and I'm happy with it. But that was not enough. We must continue to look for staff to give those who are already there a better chance of working.”
The government is therefore turning to immigration to attract more nurses.
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