Employment Profile of English Speakers in Abitibi-Témiscamingue


About this report

Sithandazile Kuzviwanza, Director of Policy & Research, Provincial Employment Roundtable

Morgan Gagnon, Policy Researcher, Provincial Employment Roundtable

Joshua Loo, Policy Research Intern, Provincial Employment Roundtable

Nicholas Salter, Executive Director, Provincial Employment Roundtable

Chad Walcott, Director of Engagement & Communications, Provincial Employment Roundtable

Maria De las Salas, Communications & Engagement Specialist, Provincial Employment Roundtable

Marla Williams, Consultant


This profile contributes to the knowledge and understanding of the employment issues faced by Abitibi-Témiscamingue’s English-speaking communities by surveying the most comprehensive information on the demographic and labour force conditions of English speakers in the region.

Key Findings:

  • Abitibi-Témiscamingue has a population of  approximately 143,155 individuals; 5,155 are English speakers.
  • Abitibi-Témiscamingue is a resource-oriented region; forestry and mining are leading primary industries in the region.
  • The top industries in which English speakers are employed are health care, manufacturing, and retail. English speakers are proportionally under-represented in the mining industry.
  • English speakers make up 3.6% of the total population in the region, but only 3.3% of the labour force. 
  • Individuals aged 45-64 make up the largest portion of both the population and the labour force, across both linguistic communities. 
  • Among English speakers, there are more women than men in the labour force of Abitibi-Témiscamingue (1.7% versus 1.6%). There are only three other regions in Québec where this is the case, all of which are also resource-oriented (Côte-Nord, Nord-du-Québec, and Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine).
  • English speakers in Abitibi-Témiscamingue have an unemployment rate of 12.6%, five percentage points higher than French speakers’ unemployment rate of 7.6%.
  • English-speaking youth experience the highest unemployment rate (29%) of any age-linguistic group in the region. It is approximately triple that of French-speaking youth (10.2%).
  • English-speaking men experience the highest unemployment rate (15.1%) of any sex-lingusitic group. English-speaking women have an unemployment rate of 10.8%, followed by French-speaking men (9.3%), and French-speaking women (5.5%).
  • The majority of both English and French speakers in Abitibi-Témiscamingue work part-time, as opposed to full-time. This may be related to the forestry and mining industries in the region, which are often part-time and/or part-year. 
  • English speakers earn a significantly lower median after-tax income than French speakers in Abitibi-Témiscamingue ($26,415 compared to $30,430). The difference is just over $4,000.
  • English speakers have a significantly lower rate of postsecondary educational attainment compared to French speakers in the region (47.7% versus 52.4%).