A Snapshot of Poverty Among Québec’s English-speaking Communities
Québec is home to more than 1.2 million English speakers, representing 14.9% of the province’s population. Data from the 2021 Census of Canada indicates that
English-speaking Quebecers occupy a more precarious economic position than their French-speaking counterparts, experiencing higher rates of poverty and unemployment and earning lower median incomes.
Research conducted by PERT has highlighted some of the specific barriers and challenges English speakers face regarding labour market integration and retention in Québec, including lack of French-language training for the workforce, lack of English-language
employability services, lack of English-language vocational training, and lack of
wrap-around support services. These employment challenges impact English speakers' labour market outcomes and are associated with higher rates of poverty. Furthermore, many of these challenges, especially lack of wrap-around supports (e.g. housing or food security), can directly contribute to – and result from – poverty.
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Provincial Employment Roundtable (PERT). A Snapshot of Poverty Among Québec’s English-Speaking Communities, September 2023.
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