|Sithandazile Kuzviwanza, Director of Policy & Research, PERT
Morgan Gagnon, Policy Researcher, PERT
Nicholas Salter, Executive Director, PERT
Chad Walcott, Director of Engagement & Communications, PERT
Maria J. De Las Salas, Communications and Engagement Specialist, PERT
|This report offers some insights into how language and employment interact for English speakers in Québec. By inventorying and assessing the employment and employability issues facing the English-speaking community, PERT is seeking to identify the most pressing issues facing English speakers in the labour market and find solutions to improve the situation.
- Lack of French-language skills was the most common barrier to employment experienced by individual respondents: 67% of respondents indicated that they had experienced this barrier in the past three years.
- Organizations also indicated that a lack of French-language skills was a significant barrier to employment for the English-speaking community: 75% of organizational respondents listed this as a barrier.
- 31% of individual respondents indicated that linguistic discrimination and/or employer bias based on language had been a barrier to employment they experienced in the past three years.
- Individual respondents identified French-language training as the leading program that would benefit their employability: 53% of individuals identified intensive French-language training as a beneficial program, while 49% of individuals indicated workplace-integrated French-language training would be beneficial.
- 84% of organizational respondents indicated that workplace-integrated French-language training would most benefit English speakers.
- 72% of organizations indicated that workplace-integrated skills development would be beneficial for English speakers.