Employment Profile of English Speakers in Montréal


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 Montréal’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:

  • Montréal has a population of 1,895,000 individuals; 622,160 are English speakers.
  • In every urban region in Québec, English speakers make up a larger share of the labour force than they do the total population. English speakers constitute 34.1% of Montréal’s labour force, and 32.8% of the region’s population.
  • English speakers aged 25-44 make up the largest share of both the total English-speaking population and the English-speaking labour force.
  • Among both English and French speakers, there are more men in the labour force than women. However, men experience a higher unemployment rate than women, which suggests that while there are fewer women in the labour force, they are employed at a higher rate than men.
  • English speakers in Montréal have an unemployment rate of 9.1%. This is higher than the unemployment rate of French speakers in the region (8.8%).
  • Youth aged 15-24 experience the highest unemployment rates in the region, irrespective of linguistic identity. English-speaking youth experience a higher unemployment rate (16.6%) than French-speaking youth (15.9%).
  • English speakers in Montréal earn a lower median aftertax income than French speakers ($26,378 compared to $28,385) despite higher engagement in full-time work and working a higher average number of weeks per year.