Employment Profile of English Speakers in Côte-Nord



Report Overview

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

Ye Zin, Economic Policy Analyst, Provincial Employment Roundtable

This report aims to contribute to the knowledge and understanding of the employment situation of Côte-Nord’s English-speaking communities, who are linguistic minorities in the region. It surveys the most current and comprehensive information on their demographic and labour force conditions. Topics covered include work activity, unemployment rate, income, and educational attainment of workers to provide a more holistic picture of English speakers’ employment and employability.

In addition to examining the demographics and labour force of the region’s English-speaking population, this profile also examines the key characteristics of the labour market and industries in which English speakers work. The profile concludes with identifying some of the employment challenges and issues for English-speaking workers in Côte-Nord, as well as preliminary recommendations to help improve their labour market outcomes.


Key Findings

  • English speakers constitute 6.1% of Côte-Nord’s labour force, and they have a similar labour force participation rate to French speakers, 60.2% compared to 60.5%, respectively.
  • However, English speakers in Côte-Nord have an unemployment rate of 17.9%. This is more than double the unemployment rate of French speakers in the region (6.8%).
  • English speakers earn a median after-tax income of $34,800 and a median employment income of $28,400. However, compared to French speakers, they earn $4,000 less in after-tax income and $11,200 less in median employment income.
  • Less than half of English speakers are engaged in full-time employment (40.1%), compared to 55.0% among French speakers.
  • Health care and social assistance is the industry with the highest vacancies in the region. The top 4 leading industries for English speakers in Côte-Nord are ‘Health care and social assistance’, followed by ‘Construction’, ‘Retail trade’, and ‘Educational services’. The top 4 leading industries for French speakers in Côte-Nord are ‘Healthcare and social assistance’, followed by ‘Retail trade’, ‘Manufacturing’ and ‘Public administration’.