Premier Jean Charest opened the door today to speeding up the entry of foreign information technology workers into Quebec.
Charest says Quebec would aim to align its visa treatment procedures with those of the federal government. The premier raised the possibility during a visit to Infosys, an Indian high-tech multinational company.
He heard from a company representative who complained it took 12 weeks to get clearance for specialized employees going to Quebec while those headed to other parts of Canada were able to arrive after a month.
Charest says he wants to resolve the problem, noting Infosys has said it wants to invest in Quebec.
During his trade mission to India, Charest has raised the shortage of workers in Quebec due to an aging population.