Employment Profile of English Speakers in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean


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 Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean’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:

  • Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean is the region with the second smallest English-speaking population in Québec; there are 1,970 English speakers who represent 0.7% of the region’s population.
  • The leading industry in which English speakers are employed is public administration, followed by education.
  • Among English speakers, individuals aged 25-44 represent the largest portion of both the total population and the labour force in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean. Among French speakers, individuals aged 45-64 make up the largest portion of the total population and labour force.
  • French-speaking men represent the majority of the labour force in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean (53.3%), while French-speaking women represent 45.9% of the labour force.
  • English-speaking men represent 0.4% of the labour force, while English-speaking women represent 0.3% of the labour force.
  • English speakers experience a lower unemployment rate than French speakers in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean (7.6% compared to 9.5%). The only other region in Québec where this occurs is Bas-Saint-Laurent.
  • Among both English and French speakers, youth experience the highest unemployment rate. French-speaking youth experience a higher unemployment rate (13.2%) than English-speaking youth (9.8%).
  • Men in the region tend to experience higher unemployment rates than women. French-speaking men experience the highest unemployment rate of any sex-lingusitic group in the region (12.2%), followed by English-speaking men (9.1%), English-speaking women (6.5%), and French-speaking women (6.3%).
  • 51.3% of English speakers are engaged in full-time work. Among French speakers, more individuals are engaged in part-time work than full-time work (54.5% compared to 45.5%).
  • English speakers earn a higher median after-tax income than French speakers in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean ($30,530 compared to $28,886). This is one of only three regions in Québec where this is the case, the other two being Mauricie and Chaudière-Appalaches.
  • English speakers have a slightly higher rate of postsecondary educational attainment compared to French speakers (62.9% compared to 60.5%). This is the second highest rate of postsecondary attainment among English speakers in any region of Québec, after Capitale-Nationale and tied with Chaudière-Appalaches.