CEDEC continues to connect with Quebec business leaders in relation to its Workforce Development Strategy, including a panel discussion in Montreal in May on the topic of businesses and governments as partners in prosperity, hosted by the Quebec Employers Council and the Union des municipalités du Quebec (UMQ).
The welcoming address, delivered by Martin Coiteux, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy, portrayed the current Quebec Government as one of confidence and change, and stressed that as a society we all need to be prepared to innovate.
Minister Coiteux, was later joined by Bernard Sévigny, Mayor of Sherbrooke and President of L’Union des municipalités du Québec, as well as Yves-Thomas Dorval, President and Director General of the Quebec Employer Council for the panel discussion.
The need to work outside metropolitan areas and being more inclusive to immigrants were flagged as pressing issues as communities and businesses start to feel the effects of an aging population.
The renewal of the Plan d’action en occupation et en vitalités des territories 2013-2016, a community vitality strategy which includes an ongoing Quebec-wide consultation process to determine regions’ unique needs, challenges and opportunities, will inform the new government strategy. For more information on the consultation process check out the Tournée PROSPÉRITÉ.QUÉBEC website.
Established 45 years ago, the Quebec Employers Council brings together many of the province’s largest companies and the vast majority of sector-based employer groups, making it Québec’s sole employer federation. The Council’s vision is simple: make businesses the engine of economic development. They believe that private investments are the key to Québec’s present and future prosperity, but to attract investments you need to have a predictable, stable and receptive environment. The Council has four emergent issues that it works to address:
- A qualified, abundant and cost-competitive labour force;
- Intelligent regulation;
- Healthy public finances and competitive taxation;
- A sustainable economy.