Employment Profile of English Speakers in Montérégie


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 Montérégie’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:

  • Montérégie has a population of approximately 1,332,105 individuals; 156,175 are English speakers.
  • English speakers in manufacturing oriented-regions in Quebec tend to be under-represented in the labour force, but this is not the case in Montérégie: English speakers make up 11.9% of the labour force and 11.7% of the region’s total population.
  • English-speaking men represent 6.3% of the labour force in Montérégie, while English-speaking women represent 5.5% of the region’s labour force. 
  • English speakers in Montérégie experience an unemployment rate of 7.6%, which is higher than that of French speakers in the region (5.7%), as well as the provincial unemployment rate (7.2%).
  • Youth in the region experience the highest unemployment rate of any age group. English-speaking youth experience an unemployment rate 3.3% higher that of French-speaking youth (14.7% compared to 11.4%).
  • English speakers earn a lower median after-tax income than French speakers in Montérégie ($29,021 compared to $31,867).
  • English speakers and French speakers in Montérégie have similar levels of postsecondary attainment. 58.3% of English speakers have a postsecondary certificate, diploma, or degree, compared to 57.9% of French speakers.