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City of Talent Montreal

An Action Plan for Boosting Employment, Innovation and Skills

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Montreal has huge potential to become one of the most dynamic cities across OECD countries, thanks to its talented and creative population. Yet the city has not demonstrated outstanding results in terms of job creation and collective wealth generation in the past few years. This report examines this paradox and suggests new strategies to improve local outcomes in terms of employment, innovation and skills, and to boost inclusive economic growth and innovation across the Quebec metropolis.

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Preface

Throughout OECD countries, cities and metropolitan regions are at the forefront of efforts to increase prosperity and create more and better jobs. City leaders and officials can play a crucial role to address the pressing issues of rising inequalities, poor labour market integration of some disadvantaged groups, and sluggish productivity growth, which disproportionately affect urban areas. They are often best placed to design and implement integrated, tailored and effective local strategies thanks to their local knowledge and their ability to mobilise resources within their jurisdiction and beyond.

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