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November 14, 2022

MANITOBA GOVERNMENT PARTICIPATING IN INTERNATIONAL EVENTS TO RECRUIT SKILLED BILINGUAL WORKERS FOR SECTORS EXPERIENCING LABOUR SHORTAGES

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Destination Canada Mobility Forum will Help Manitoba Meet Labour Market Needs, Preserve and Expand French Language, Culture: Reyes

The Manitoba government is participating in recruitment fairs in France and Morocco from Nov. 17 to 23 to recruit skilled bilingual workers for industry sectors experiencing significant labour shortages, Advanced Education, Skills and Immigration Minister Jon Reyes announced today.

“Our government is committed to increasing francophone immigration to Manitoba to help preserve and grow French language and culture in the province,” said Reyes. “Participating in these events also allows us to market Manitoba to talented bilingual workers to help meet the needs of local businesses experiencing labour shortages by establishing important connections between immigration candidates, employers and francophone community stakeholders.”

The Destination Canada Mobility Forum is an annual event organized by the Government of Canada that allows skilled French-speaking and bilingual candidates to learn about immigrating to Canada. Attendees meet with representatives from provinces and territories, businesses and other stakeholders who are committed to building Canada’s francophone communities.

Representatives from the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program will promote Manitoba as an immigration destination. Program staff typically speak with hundreds of candidates at this event, which creates strong connections between Manitoba employers and candidates. About 3,200 qualified candidates will attend this year’s in-person event from a wide variety of sectors, which provides Manitoba the opportunity to address shortages in its labour force, the minister said.

Other participating agencies from Manitoba include Accueil francophone, Economic Development Council for Manitoba Bilingual Municipalities (CDEM), Economic Development Winnipeg and the Réseau en immigration francophone du Manitoba.

A virtual event is being offered from Nov. 28 to 30, where up to 9,000 participating candidates will be able to visit the booths to chat or video conference with the exhibitors and view recordings of conferences and videos. The booths, documents, videos and lectures will remain available to more than 83,000 registered applicants until March 31, 2023.

The minister noted the goals of the forum align with Manitoba's Skills, Talent and Knowledge Strategy, which outlines actions needed to accelerate recovery and advance Manitoba's economy. For more information on the strategy, visit www.gov.mb.ca/mbskills/index.html.

Employers interested in posting job vacancies at Destination Canada may contact CDEM at www.cdem.com/en/contact or Economic Development Winnipeg at www.winnipegtalenthub.com/meet-the-team.

For more information on Destination Canada, visit www.immigratemanitoba.com.

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