First they expanded, now they’re recruiting.
The Montfort Hospital is hiring 400 bilingual health care professionals over the next 12 months.
“We went through a major growth,” said director of human resources and recruitment Marie O’Dell.
A job fair is taking place at the hospital Friday and Saturday.
Half of the new hires will be nurses.
The rest of the openings are for medical specialists, technicians, personal support workers, and administrative positions.
“Four hundred (job postings) is a pretty large amount, especially considering the market,” said O’Dell.
“There’s a skill shortage in Canada.”
The Montfort’s $300-million expansion has added 450,000 square feet of space — triple the size of the original structure built in 1953.
The hospital now sits at 750,000 square feet.
Since the groundbreaking in 2006, hospital staffing has increased from 900 to 1,500 employees.
After hiring has been completed, O’Dell said the hospital is aiming to increase the number of acute care beds by 45, from 244 to 289.
In addition, a 15% increase is expected in emergency room visits compared to last year.
At the fair, managers will be on-site and candidates should bring resumes.
The job fair runs Friday from noon to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the auditorium at 713 Montreal Rd.
Parking is free.