Employment Profile of English Speakers in Estrie


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 Estrie’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:

  • The population of Estrie is 452,435 individuals; 36,840 are English speakers.
  • English speakers are under-represented in the labour force of Estrie: English speakers represent 7.7% of the labour force compared to 8.1% of the population.
  • Among both French and English speakers, individuals aged 45-64 make up the largest portion of both the labour force and population in Estrie. 
  • English-speaking men make up a greater share of the labour force (4.1%) than English-speaking women (3.6%).
  • The main industries in which English speakers in Estrie are employed are manufacturing, education, and retail. English speakers have a higher engagement in education and a lesser engagement in health care compared to the total population.
  • English speakers in Estrie experience a higher unemployment rate than French speakers (7.1% compared to 6.1%). Both of these are below the provincial unemployment rate of 7.2%.
  • Youth aged 15-24 experience the highest unemployment rate in the region. English-speaking youth experience a higher unemployment rate than French-speaking youth (13.3% compared to 10.8%). 
  • English-speaking women experience a higher unemployment rate than English-speaking men (7.4% compared to 6.8%) which is not the case in the majority of regions in Québec, nor in the province as a whole.
  • The majority of both English speakers (53.8%) and French speakers (53.6%) are engaged in part-time work.
  • English speakers earn a significantly lower median after-tax income than French speakers in Estrie ($24,153 compared to $28,175). 
  • English speakers in Estrie have significantly lower levels of postsecondary attainment (46.6%) compared to French speakers in the region (56%).