As we can see, the demographic shock that Quebec is experiencing is upsetting the world of work and threatening its economy a little more every day. So much so that, within two years, more than 200 occupations will face a labor shortage.
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This disturbing scenario is not the result of a work of fiction. It can be found, written in black and white, in the study State of Labor Market Balance, recently published by the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Solidarity.
We learn, moreover, that not only will the shortage of workers in Quebec continue to increase – at the rate of the aging of its population –, but that in addition, by 2025, hundreds of professions will be faced with a shortage of candidates with the minimum qualifications required to fill the jobs left vacant.
The state alone at the front?
The situation seems serious. It strikes everywhere and almost all sectors of activity; from early childhood educators to general practitioners, programmers, psychologists and heavy equipment mechanics.
"For the first time [in 2025], ministry analysts write, the number of occupations in deficit and slight deficit (204) will be greater than the number of occupations in balance" of workforce (198).
In an interview with Le Journal, the Minister of Labor and Employment, Jean Boulet, said he was aware of the challenges that the Quebec workplace will have to face in the short term, while recalling that the State could not fight alone this phenomenon.
“We must continue to act on all fronts and realize that this is not a challenge that rests solely on the shoulders of the state. It is a societal challenge in which all actors (employers, unions, education, etc.) must get involved and commit. »
And what makes the situation even more complex is that the majority of occupations threatened by a labor shortage require their aspiring candidates to have "strong qualifications", which only universities or colleges currently provide. .
"There are trades that will disappear, and others that will appear [...] puts the minister into perspective. We are in a constantly changing market that requires the ability to adapt. [The latter], he continues, will go through training, requalification and upskilling”.
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