«Immigrants bring many interesting assets into the project management field. For example, their international experience, their capacity to adapt and a different way to see things, which is looked at positively by some employers. » (Marc Messier)
The province of Québec offers various programs to facilitate the integration of new comers into the job market. For those who are seeking opportunities in the project management, there are 3 that stand out:
In May 2017, the integration office of the new comers (le Bureau d’intégration des nouveaux arrivants à Montréal (BINAM)) of the city of Montréal, the government of Québec, the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montréal and 4 of Québec’s biggest firms created the project Integration-Work-Training to help Montréal’s qualified immigrants to obtain a first local work experience and developpe new skills through training and support. This program was inspired from the city’s professional sponsorship program (Programme de Parrainage Professionnel -PPP).
The participating firms (Desjardins Group, Hydro-Québec, Intact Assurance and SNC-Lavalin) are worthwhile for career development in project management, since they have project management offices, experiences and recognized expertise. This is a paid program, and every year there is between 12 to 15 qualified immigrant workers that can profit from this opportunity.
The immigrants admitted to the program must have no work experience in Canada or the United states, they must have arrived in less than five years and must have a degree and experience within the field of the opened positions. The positions are posted on the participating firms’ websites with the suffix « Integration-Work-Training ».
For more information, please visit the program’s webpage:
2. INTERCONNEXION PROGRAM
Organised by the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montréal, with the support of Emploi Québec, the interconnexion program encourages the contact between Montreal’s organisations and the new comers to help them in their professional integration. The twinning activities are free, various and includes:
- Immersion in enterprise: meeting with professionals; unpaid internships of 4 weeks maximum in a company;
- Professional contact: discovery day—career; express mentoring; workshop « Communicating with employers »;
- Sectoral networking: training for business networking and interview process; sectoral conference; flash interviews session, workforce and diversity networking.
The sectorial activity of the interconnexion program with profiles in project management are: Construction, environment and manufacturing, information technology (IT) and transport.
For more information or to subscribe to the program, please visit the program webpage: http://acclr.ccmm.ca/fr/services/main-d-oeuvre/programme-interconnexion/.
3. TRAINING COMPAGNIES
They are companies that welcome workers in training throughout an approach based on practice « learning by doing ». Training companies do the same activities as the real ones that are in a globalization context (international finance management, marketing strategies adapted to different cultures, multicultural team management, etc.), having a local work experience, improving professional attitude and skills (time management, priority management, team work, etc.) and having job-search assistance (from skill assessment to interview preparation).
The Canadian network of training companies offers a directory of member companies in each province. Please visit their website to know more about the 20 companies in Québec that participate in this program: http://rcee-cpfn.ca/fr/notre-reseau/.
The maximum unpaid participation period is 15 weeks, but you can receive your employment insurance benefit or welfare, and depending on the situation, you can have an additional financial support.
For more information and to know more about the admission requirements, visit the program’s website: http://rcee-cpfn.ca/fr/.
Bourel, Fanny (2017, May 25). A pilot project to facilitate the professional integration of immigrants, on the website immigrant Québec. Visited April 4, 2018Un projet-pilote pour faciliter l’intégration professionnelle des immigrants, sur le site Immigrant Québec. Consulté le 4 avr. 2018.
Interconnexion (no date), on the website ‘’Travail immigrants’’. Visited on April 4, 2018.
Le Projet Intégration-Travail-Formation : Pour un parcours simplifié d’intégration professionnelle des travailleurs immigrants à Montréal (2017, 25 mai), sur le site Newswire. Consulté le 4 avr. 2018.