Alliés Montréal

ALLIES has awarded a Partnership grant to La Conférence régionale des élus (CRE) de Montréal to lead Alliés Montréal. The CRE is an association of elected officials, community and business leaders focused on the socioeconomic development of the Montréal region.

Alliés Montréal will implement solutions to find employment for skilled immigrants by

  • improving the recognition of qualifications;
  • providing career placements; investing in mentoring;
  • engaging employers;
  • and promoting public/employer awareness campaign to draw attention to the challenges immigrants face in the labour market and the value their skills bring to improving our economy.

Montréal is home to the third-largest foreign-born population in Canada (12% of the total foreign-born population). Between 2001 and 2006 Montréal’s foreign-born population increased by 19%, nine times the growth rate of Montréal’s Canadian-born population (2%).

While the employment outlook for Montréal is positive, a significant number of immigrants are having trouble finding work. The situation tends to improve after ten years, but Montréalers who have been residents for five years or less have an unemployment rate of 18 %, which is three times greater than the rate among Canadian-born.