As part of Quebec's action plan to recognize foreign credentials of immigrants, the government will be investing $65 million over the next two years to recruit 1,000 nurses from francophone countries.
The provincial Immigration Minister Jean Boulet said that this initiative will allow Quebec to speed up international recruitment efforts. Settlement services are also included in the plan to help newcomers integrate into society and resolve labour shortages in the healthcare and social services sectors.
The province of Quebec wishes to recruit nurses from the heavily-francophone countries of Algeria, Cameroon, Morocco, Tunisia, and Mauritius Island. The nurses will be assigned to outlying regions of the province, including Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Côte-Nord, Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspésie, Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, Baie James, and Outaouais.
During their training at a local CEGEP, a community college in Quebec, and while they pursue their certification by the Order of Nurses in Quebec, successful candidates will receive $500 weekly for up to a year.
The candidates will also be allowed to work as nurses' aides for up to 20 hours per week while in training and full-time during the school holidays. This program is funded by Quebec's immigration department, the Ministère de l'Immigration, de la Francisation et de l'Intégration (MIFI).