Employment Profile of English Speakers in Lanaudière


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 Lanaudière’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 English-speaking community comprises 14,215 individuals within Lanaudière’s 486,285-person population. 
  • Individuals aged 45-64 make up the largest portion of the population. Individuals aged 45-64 also make up the largest portion of the French-speaking labour force, while individuals aged 25-44 make up the largest portion of the English-speaking labour force.
  • There are more men than women in Lanaudière’s labour force. English-speaking men make up 1.7% of the labour force, while English-speaking women make up 1.4% of the labour force. 
  • The top industries in which English speakers are employed are manufacturing, retail, and health care and social assistance. 
  • English speakers in the region have an unemployment rate of 7.7%, which is higher than that of French speakers in the region (6.5%) as well as the provincial rate (7.2%).
  • Youth experience the highest unemployment rates of any age group in the region. English-speaking youth experience a lower unemployment rate than French-speaking youth (11.2% compared to 12.4%). This only occurs in one other region – Chaudière-Appalaches.
  • English-speaking women experience a higher unemployment rate than English-speaking men (8.9% compared to 6.6%).  This only occurs in a handful of other regions, including the manufacturing-oriented regions of Estrie, Montérégie, and Centre-du-Québec.
  • English speakers earn a slightly lower median after tax income than French speakers in Lanaudière ($29,714 compared to $30,390).
  • English and French speakers in Lanaudière have very similar rates of postsecondary attainment (53.5% and 53.7%, respectively).