Employment Profile of English Speakers in Chaudière-Appalaches


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 Chaudière-Appalaches’ English-speaking communities by surveying the most comprehensive information on the demographic and labour force conditions of English speakers in the region.

Key Findings:

  • Chaudière-Appalaches has a population of 408,610 individuals; 3,755 (0.9%) are English speakers.
  • Chaudière-Appalaches is a manufacturing-oriented region, and has a higher proportion of manufacturing activity including processing of natural resources and production of goods.
  • The top industries in which Chaudière-Appalaches’s English speakers are employed are manufacturing, education, and retail. Compared to the total population, English speakers have higher engagement in the education industry and lower engagement in the healthcare industry.
  • Individuals aged 45-64 make up the largest portion of the population in Chaudière-Appalaches, across both linguistic communities. French speakers aged 45-64 also represent the largest portion of the labour force.  Among English speakers, individuals aged 25-44 and 45-64 represent equal portions (0.4%) of the labour force. 
  • English-speaking men and women both make up 0.5% of the labour force in Chaudière-Appalaches. 
  • Chaudière-Appalaches has the lowest unemployment rate in the province, at 4.5%. Both English and French speakers in this region experience the lowest unemployment rates compared to their respective linguistic communities in other regions: 5.7% for English speakers, and 4.5% for French speakers. 
  • English-speaking youth experience the lowest unemployment rate (5.3%) of any English-speaking age group. French-speaking youth experience the highest unemployment rate (6.5%) of any French-speaking age group. 
  • English-speaking men have the highest unemployment rate (6.6%) in the region, followed by English-speaking women (5.6%), French-speaking men (5.2%), and French-speaking women (3.6%). 
  • English speakers in the region earn a slightly higher median after-tax income than French speakers ($31,583 versus $30,710). This is one of only three regions where this occurs, the other two being Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean and Mauricie.
  • English speakers in Chaudière-Appalaches have the second-highest postsecondary attainment rate (62.9%) of any English-speaking community in Québec, following Capitale-Nationale and tied with Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean.