Employment Profile of English Speakers in the Laurentides


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 the Laurentides’ 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 population of the Laurentides is approximately 577,860, of which the English-speaking community comprises 37,555 individuals.
  • English speakers make up 6.5% of the total population in the region and 6.3% of the labour force. 
  • Among both French and English speakers in the Laurentides, individuals aged 45-64 make up the largest portion of both the total population and the labour force. 
  • Among both French and English speakers, men make up a larger portion of the labour force, in both Québec as a whole, and the Laurentides region in particular. 
  • The top three industries in which English speakers are employed are retail, manufacturing, and accommodations and food services. 
  • English speakers in the Laurentides experience an unemployment rate of 8.4%, almost 2% higher than that of French speakers in the region (6.6%).
  • Youth in the Laurentides experience the highest unemployment rate of any age group. French-speaking youth experience an unemployment rate of 11.7%, while English-speaking youth experience an unemployment rate almost 6% higher, at 17.5%. 
  • 53.7% of French speakers and 50.9% of English speakers work part-time, as opposed to full-time.
  • English speakers in the Laurentides region earn a slightly lower median after-tax income compared to French speakers ($29,191 compared to $30,385).
  • English speakers have a lower rate of postsecondary educational attainment than French speakers in the Laurentides region (52.7% compared to 56.4%).