Employment Profile of English Speakers in Centre-du-Québec


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 Centre-du-Québec’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:

  • Centre-du-Québec has a population of 234,500 individuals; 2,575 (1.1%) are English speakers.
  • The top industries in which Centre-du-Québec ’s English speakers are employed are manufacturing, retail, and accommodation and food services. Compared to the total population, English speakers have higher engagement in the accommodation and food services industry and lower engagement in the healthcare industry.
  • Individuals aged 45-64 make up the largest portion of both the labour force and population in Centre-du-Québec, across both linguistic communities. 
  • English-speaking men represent 0.6% of the labour force in Centre-du-Québec, while English-speaking women represent 0.5%.
  • English speakers in Centre-du-Québec experience a higher unemployment rate than French speakers (8.4% compared to 6.1%).
  • Youth in Centre-du-Québec experience the highest unemployment rates of any age group. English-speaking youth experience a higher unemployment rate than French-speaking youth (13.5% compared to 9%).
  • English-speaking women have the highest unemployment rate (9.1%) in the region, followed by English-speaking men (7.3%), French-speaking men (7%), and French-speaking women (5.2%). 
  • The majority of both English and French speakers in Centre-du-Québec work part-time. However, a larger portion of English speakers (55.1%) as compared to French speakers (51.5%) work part-time.
  • English speakers in Centre-du-Québec earn a significantly lower median after-tax income than French speakers,  ($23,425 compared to $27,519).
  • 48.7% of English speakers in Centre-du-Québec have a postsecondary certificate, diploma, or degree, compared to 53.4% of French speakers.