December 10, 2023

The Queens County Citizen

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Quebec has expanded its workers’ request program

Le ministre en conférence de presse.

In just two months, 6,665 workers have appealed for the program to recover through increased training (PARAF) set up by the Quebec government. End of November To help them re-qualify in another field or acquire new skills in their field.

This is beyond our expectations! We’ll see if this really meets the need, Said Labor Minister Jean Boulet.

This means that the registration period will be extended to April 30 instead of March 31 as originally planned.

This is an extension since Statistics Canada announced on Thursday that the unemployment rate in Quebec had risen to 8.8 per cent in January.

There were about 306,000 unemployed in Quebec last December.

In total, Jean Boulette is expected to receive 20,000 PARAF registrations, especially if people are no longer eligible for the Canada Economic Recovery Benefit (PCRE) or other employment insurance benefits.

Lots of young men and women

To date, 76% of registrants are between the ages of 20 and 44.

They are relatively young workers, and they are interested in filling labor shortages in key areas of the economy such as information technology, health, construction or manufacturing.

Throughout the course, which is intended to be personalized, counselors assist them in their application procedures and consider short-term training, while at the same time receiving financial assistance.

We saw, said Minister Boulette [les] Two-thirds of those enrolled do so in fields with a Certificate of Professional Studies, so 3-4 months at vocational training centers, and a third to 6 to 9 months for certificates of collective study.

Those who qualify for PARAF will receive a $ 500 return qualifying allowance per week during their training.

Improve your skills

It is also important to note that there is an increasing amount of skills that are particularly appealing to people who have been temporarily laid off in areas that have long been affected by the epidemic., Says Jean Boulette.

These people Eventually the work will be remembered and they can benefit from promotional opportunities through training that will enable them to hone their skills or develop new skills., He adds.

Minister Boulette said he was very concerned about the impact the epidemic would have on women, and that there was still room for more Lost their job. He found the first results of his program encouraging because 53% of those enrolled were women.

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