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Regional Spotlight: Montréal

Wednesday October 12, 2016 | by WES Global Talent Bridge

Montreal, Canada

The metropolitan area of Montréal is home to over four million residents. A popular destination for immigrants to Canada, Montréal’s motto is “Concordia Salus” or, “well-being through harmony”. The city’s official language is French, but 56 percent of the population speak both French and English. The only Canadian city to host the Summer Olympics, Montréal is also home to the Canadian Grand Prix of Formula One racing, the Montréal International Jazz Festival, and the Just for Laughs comedy festival. Summers in Montréal are warm and humid; winters are cold and icy.

Here are some organizations that serve immigrants in Montréal:  

  • Centre Social D’Aide Aux Immigrants (CSAI)Funded by the Government of Québec, CSAI delivers services   for newcomers in English and French. CSAI hosts Convers’Été, a program for new immigrants to learn French by having informal conversations with volunteers.
  • Ometz: Ometz provides services in English, French, Yiddish, Hebrew, Russian and Spanish for newcomers to Montréal. Besides providing job search help and general settlement services for newcomers, Ometz also works with employers to place candidates in jobs.
  • Clef pour L’integration au travail des immigrants (CITIM)CITIM is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping French-speaking newcomers integrate into the labour market in Québec. CITIM offers:
    • Information about the laws and rules surrounding immigration to Canada and Québec
    • Monthly networking events for French professionals to meet and greet managers in their area of expertise
    • Programs specific to internationally trained engineers that help with skills assessments and developing actions plans to work in the engineering field in Canada

Education and International Students in Montréal

  • China’s Bank of Communications ranked Montréal first in a list of 80 cities worldwide when it comes to attracting and keeping international students.
  • In 2010, over 20,000 international students lived and studied in the greater Montréal area.
  • Besides a high quality of education, Montréal also offers international students the benefits of supportive immigration policies, opportunities for employment after immigration, and strong cultural diversity.

Key Industries in Montréal

  • Aerospace
    • Montréal is one of only three hubs worldwide for aerospace research, design, and manufacturing.
    • In 2015, Montréal was home to over 200 aerospace companies and 40,160 jobs.
  • Life Sciences and Health Technologies (LSHT)
    • There are 450 LSHT companies located in Montréal, and another 150 research centres.
    • 42,000 people work in the life sciences and health technologies field in the Metropolitan Area of Montréal.
    • International research partners invested more than $950 million in the past five years.

Top Employers Located in Montréal

Professionals in Demand

  • Electrical Engineers
  • Accountants
  • Insurance Brokers
  • Education Consultants
  • Energy and Utility Consultants

WES Global Talent Bridge is a program dedicated to helping skilled immigrants fully utilize their talents and education in the United States and Canada. Global Talent Bridge joins with institutional partners and community organizations to help skilled immigrants leverage their training, achieve their professional goals, and contribute their talents to their full potential.