New web site to attract newcomers
The first step of the Coupdecoeur Estrie. com project has been taken with the opening of the project’s new internet site. The aim of this site is to attract, recruit and retain a qualified workforce. Already, between November of 2012 and January 2013, almost 200 businesses in the Estrie region have registered on the site, representing 30% of the employers in the region.
The main tool of the CoupdecoeurEstrie.com publicity campaign, the internet site allows people interested in the region to find out about the work opportunities in the area. The site highlights numerous employer profiles, organizations looking for employees and the advantages to living in the Estrie. Interactive and easy to use, the site allows people looking for work, with one easy click, to have a portrait of what the region has to offer. The site actually has the look and feel of a dating site!
Any business in the region can register for free to be on the site by completing the registration of employers which is on the site itself. Some employers may wish to heighten their visibility on the site by making a financial contribution, related to their number of employees, to the CoupdecoeurEstrie.com project. To find out more about this aspect of the project, employers can call 1 855 780-2220 or write to info@CoupdecoeurEstrie.com.
$410,000 invested in home renovations Victoria Vanier Memphrémagog MRC
Emploi-Quebec Estrie has indicated that the total demand for manpower between 2012 and 2016 will be 28,700 posts to fill in the Estrie. This need for manpower can be explained by a growth in economic activity (4,900 positions) and by the estimated number of retirements during the five years (23,800).
In total in 2012, the Memphremagog MRC granted $411,039 to lowrevenue households or to people with handicaps for home renovations or adaptations.
The LAAA ( Logement adaptes pour aines autonomes) program helps people 65 or older, with low revenues, to make minor adaptations to their home so they may continue to live safely and autonomously. $5,787 was awarded under that program.
Under the PAD ( Programme d’adaptation de domicile) program, $266,415 was awarded to allow people with handicaps to accomplish daily living activities in their home and remain autonomous. The financial aid is given to the owner of the housing to carry out the admissible work which responds to the needs of the individuals.
The PRU ( Programme de Reparations d’urgence) program gives financial help to owners-occupants with low revenue who live in a rural setting and who need to do urgent work on their residence to correct major defects that pose a threat to either the safety or health of the occupants. $5,776 was granted under that program.
Under the Reno-Village Program, $133,061 was awarded to low-income households in rural settings to correct major defects.
These programs are administered by the Societe d’habitation du Quebec in collaboration with the Memphremagog MRC. Anyone interested in making a request for financial aid or to get more information about these programs should contact Pierre Laliberté, the resource person with the Memphremagog MRC, at 819 346-3772 or at pierre. firstname.lastname@example.org.