SME Universe | Foreign workers, Qualinet, pies and pizza

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Posted on June 27

Marc Tison

Marc Tison
The Press

Permanent housing for temporary workers

Real homes, on solid foundations.

The Association Aide à l’immigration Canada (AAI Canada) and the municipality of Saint-Damien-de-Buckland, located in the MRC of Bellechasse, are combining their efforts to build a housing complex of 24 quality dwellings in order to welcome temporary foreign workers who cannot find accommodation in the region.

The accommodations will be “offered at very reasonable rental prices”, which have not been specified.

The project should welcome its first tenants in June 2023. Some units will also be available for current residents of the region.

This would be a first in Quebec – an assertion that is always perilous.

The initiative comes from AAI Canada, an NPO that bridges the gap between foreign workers and companies looking for workers. The organization initially wanted to meet the needs of the Sherbrooke company Exo-s, which was looking to house some twenty new employees for the recently acquired Plastiques Moore plant in Saint-Damien-de-Buckland.

AAI Canada’s President and CEO, Robert Stead, sees this approach as a way forward for the regions.

Qualinet has the wind in its sails


Qualinet currently has 24 branches in Quebec.

Is this a new demonstration of the impacts of global warming?

Qualinet has announced that it will “strengthen its presence throughout Quebec”.

The company specializing in disaster recovery plans to invest 5 million in the opening of 12 new branches by the end of 2023.

With this growth program, Qualinet wants to extend its services to localities and regions that have seen their population increase in recent years, particularly thanks to this migratory movement stimulated by the pandemic.

“We are pleased to see that Qualinet has the wind in its sails and that the demand for disaster services from our organization is constantly growing,” said President and Chief Executive Officer, Éric Pichette, in a statement where he should not read that he rejoices in the misfortune of others.

The new establishments should appear in the following locations: Island of Montreal, Gaspésie, Lac-Saint-Jean, Mont-Laurier, Mont-Tremblant, Granby, Charlevoix, Rivière-du-Loup, Amqui, Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Saint- Jean-sur-Richelieu and La Tuque.

Qualinet currently has 24 branches in Quebec.

Systemex tackles pies

Systemex Automation wants to grow in lowering.

The Laval company has obtained a mandate to automate and robotize the production of pies with Boulangerie St-Donat.

This order allows it to increase and diversify its automation offer in the agri-food sector, with the aim of carving out a wider market.

His contract with the important bakery is divided into two terms.

One consists in robotizing the unloading of the sheets of baked pies and the loading of the pies on the line leading to the cartoning machine.

The other will automate the inspection and rejection of baked pies.

“Rejections will be based on a set of quality issues: level of cooking (overcooked or undercooked), shrinkage of the crust, breakage of the crust, overflow of the filling, etc. “, explained by email Mathieu Loranger, head of agri-food development at Systemex.

“Artificial vision and artificial intelligence will be used to capture and process images allowing automatic decision-making and possible rejection of products deemed non-compliant. »

No artificial sense of smell to detect burning smells, though.

A pizza in 4 minutes

Four minutes: that’s the time needed for the new Casa Pizzas vending machine to produce a “fresh and hot pizza” – a paradoxical statement.

The very young company, which would like to deploy an armada, has installed its first device at Place Montréal Trust.

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