Employment Profile of English Speakers in Mauricie


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 Mauricie’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 3,230 individuals (1.3%) of the region’s 256,865-person population. 
  • Mauricie is a manufacturing-oriented region. It is the seat of two industrial hubs, both of which have historically produced paper products, but are transitioning to produce other materials owing to the decline in the paper industries. 
  • Individuals aged 45-64 make up the largest portion of Mauricie’s population. Among French speakers, this age group also makes up the largest portion of the labour force, while English speakers aged 45-64 and 25-44 both make up 0.5% of the labour force in Mauricie.
  • English-speaking men make up 0.7% of both Mauricie’s total population and labour force, while English-speaking women make up 0.6% of the region’s population and labour force. Among French speakers, there are more women in the population than men, but significantly more men in the labour force than women.
  • The main industries in which English speakers are engaged are education and manufacturing. English speakers are noticeably less well-represented in the healthcare industry as compared to French speakers and the total population of Mauricie.
  • The unemployment rate in Mauricie is 8%, but English speakers experience an unemployment rate more than 2% higher, at 10.2%.
  • Youth consistently experience the highest unemployment rates of any age group in the region, although English-speaking youth experience a much higher unemployment rate (20.8%) than French-speaking youth (12.8%).
  • Women in Mauricie have a lower unemployment rate than men.  French-speaking women experience the lowest unemployment rate (6.1%), followed by English-speaking women (7.9%), French-speaking men (9.8%), and lastly English-speaking men (11.9%).
  • English speakers earn a higher median after-tax income than French speakers in Mauricie ($27,270 compared to $26,700). This is one of only three regions where this is the case (the other two are Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean and Chaudière-Appalaches). 
  • English speakers have a higher rate of postsecondary educational attainment compared to French speakers (58.7% compared to 56.2%).