A senior human resources manager in Quebec City says the department is trying to get rid of the program because it’s too complicated and costly to manage.
More than 1,500 people have applied to join the program, including several people who have had serious medical problems or a criminal history, said Karen Sorenson, a human resources consultant and former manager of the province’s labour market who was promoted to head HRM in July.
She said the department needs to get out of the system as quickly as possible.
Sorenson said her department is working with the provincial government and private employers to find the right people.
“I think that if the province and the federal government would just put a little bit of money in, that would help a lot,” she said.
“We need to be in a position where the numbers don’t grow by so much.”
In Quebec, a private employer can hire a qualified candidate, but only after they pass a written test.
Once that person is hired, he or she will have to complete a 15-question interview that includes questions about his or her qualifications and the person’s experience in the labour market.
They can then work their way through the system, but their chances of getting hired go down when their test scores drop.
A government spokesperson said the system is being reviewed and it would not be possible to comment further until the review is complete.
The Quebec labour market is expected to be around 65,000 in 2021, down from about 70,000 people a year ago, according to the Ministry of Employment and Social Development.