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Montreal labour pool evaporates with loss of local and immigrant workers

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Few Montreal businesses have been left untouched by the province's ongoing labour shortage.

"Anyone who walks around the city is seeing the help wanted signs in the windows of many stores, restaurants, and businesses right now," said Simon Gaudreault, vice president of national research with the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).

Nearly 200,000 jobs are vacant across the province—a number he said is likely to increase over the next decade.

"In Montreal, and the rest of Quebec, we have an ageing population. There are simply not enough workers joining the labour force every year to fill the needs that we have now and in the future," said Gaudreault.

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