Quebec announces details of $3.9B plan to address labour shortages

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The Quebec government says its $3.9-billion plan to address labour shortages will focus on creating 170,000 jobs in six sectors it has identified as priorities.

Premier François Legault made the announcement Tuesday in Quebec City.

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The $3.9-billion investment was made public in last week’s economic update.

Legault says the money will go toward bursaries and work-study programs, with the goal of attracting students to earn degrees in sectors of the economy targeted by the government.

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Those sectors include health care, education, child care, information technology and construction.

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Legault says the government will do more to encourage immigrants to move outside Montreal in order to fill jobs in Quebec’s other regions.

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