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Between the election campaigns, the Quebec City Regional Hotel Association (AHRQ) and the Greater Montreal Hotel Association (AHGM) issued an urgent order to improve and prioritize the processing of foreign worker files submitted by accommodations in Quebec. repeatedly expressed gender. They are reminiscent of an industry that represents the “backbone of the tourism ecosystem” and an employee shortage that is currently reaching critical levels.
Calendars for 2023 and 2024 are already full, and bookings for 2025 and 2026 are on track, according to the association. But hosting these business events requires a shortage of skilled workers, whose profits are estimated at hundreds of millions. dollars per year.
In addition to attracting, mobilizing and retaining candidates, hoteliers invest heavily in recruiting overseas. “The expat worker file processing times faced by our members are simply unacceptable and utterly jeopardize the viability of the contracts formulated,” said AHGM president and CEO and immigration attorney. ‘s MeJean-Sébastien Boudreault emphasizes in a press release. .
Alongside the AHRQ, he calls for government energy and associated staff to be made available within the Ministry of Immigration, Franchising and Integration. hotel department”.
“It is not a question of redefining the global annual immigration targets we have set statewide, but rather of the total application (tip of the pie) that we analyze and process to serve our industry,” said a press release. Designates Alpa Clarke, Director of AHRQ at Recall that in Montreal alone, about 15% of the workforce is strikingly absent.»
An already fragile ecosystem
The association believes the economic weight of the tourism industry is often underestimated, noting that its activities – hosting, entertainment and dining – represent 25,000 businesses and 402,000 direct and indirect jobs. They will generate $16 billion in the state economy before the pandemic. While labor shortages are impacting all sectors, they believe the hotel industry is significantly worse off due to the measures implemented following the COVID-19 health crisis.
“At stake is not just whether our hotel facilities can host the largest international conferences and summits, but our state’s commitment to the superior quality of hospitality, both for tourism and business rather than recreational travel. It’s also a reputation,” argues Alupa Clarke. Anything that can and does decrease will discolor. This loss of capacity and reputation has already had an impact, continuing to undermine this entire ecosystem and its chain of supply and, as a result, impacting Quebec’s economic development. If this trend continues, Quebec’s economic and tourism ambitions will inevitably be in jeopardy. »
AHRQ brings together over 200 accommodations in the Quebec region and South Shore territories. Its members he offers more than 15,000 rooms and in various establishments he employs 6,000 people. AHGM has more than 110 facilities, with a total of about 20,000 rooms, mainly in the Tokyo metropolitan area.