Employment Profile of English Speakers in Laval


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 Laval’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:

  • There are 91,115 English speakers in Laval, representing 22.2% of the region’s population of approximately 410,850.
  • French speakers aged 45-64 represent the largest share of the region’s population and labour force. Among English speakers, individuals aged 25-44 represent the largest share of the English-speaking population and labour force.
  • Men represent a larger share of the labour force than women among both English and French speakers. English-speaking men represent 12.9% of the region’s labour force, and English-speaking women represent 10.9% of the labour force. The gap in labour force presence is smaller between French-speaking men and women (0.8%).
  • English speakers in the region have a higher unemployment rate than French speakers (7.7% compared to 6.7%).
  • Youth aged 15-24 experience the highest unemployment rates of any age group, irrespective of linguistic identity. English and French-speaking youth experience similar unemployment rates (13.9% compared to 13.2%).
  • The unemployment gap between the region’s English speakers and French speakers widens as their age range increases.
  • English speakers in Laval earn a lower median after-tax income compared to French speakers. English speakers earn approximately $2,700 less than French speakers.