Quebec City, February 4, 2019 - Desjardins Group and Place aux jeunes en région (PAJR) are proud to host the eighth edition of Semaine des régions, with Guy Cormier, President and CEO of Desjardins Group, once again serving as honorary chair. 

The Semaine des régions (SDR) helps address some of the issues facing the regions outside of Quebec's big cities, like the serious shortage of qualified workers. SDR also helps promote these areas to youth in urban centres. SDR's week-long activities will run in Montreal and Quebec City from February 4 to 8, 2019.  

Now more than ever, Quebec's rural areas are facing major challenges, such as recruiting young workers and helping them settle in small communities.  The events held throughout this week provide the regions with the opportunity to promote themselves and connect with people from cities. Luc Dastous, the new president of PAJR feels that Quebec's regions have much to offer: "There are a lot of opportunities and economic advantages for young professionals in non-urban areas." 

To mark the start of SDR, Mr. Cormier drew inspiration from the excursions organized by PAJR: he invited a dozen youth to join him on a trip to the Mauricie to explore the area. "I'm really convinced that by taking concrete action, by taking the time to go and meet with people and companies where they are, we'll better understand their reality and be able to find solutions together," said Guy Cormier. 

Desjardins has partnered with PAJR for nearly 30 years, contributing to the vitality of all regions across Quebec and offering concrete support to help youth reach their goals. 

Semaine des régions is geared specifically to young adults between the ages of 18 and 35, as well as students enrolled in certain educational programs (based on regional needs) at the vocational, college and university levels. For more information, go to (site in French only). 

About Place aux jeunes en région 
Place aux jeunes en region (PAJR) is Quebec's go-to resource on youth migration. PAJR helps recent graduates between the ages of 18 and 35 relocate to and settle in rural communities.

Marie-Josée Turbide
Head of Communications and Marketing for PAJR
1-888-966-6725, ext. 203

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