English-speaking job seekers in Quebec regions face gaps and barriers 2017-09-08

A report released today by YES makes recommendations on how to help reverse the higher youth unemployment rates faced by English-speakers in the Quebec regions.

 





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English-speaking job seekers in Quebec regions face gaps and barriers: YES study 

Montreal, September 7, 2017 -- A report released today by YES makes recommendations on how to help reverse the higher youth unemployment rates faced by English-speakers in the Quebec regions.


“We are recommending that more resources be put towards supporting the organizations, institutions and agencies that serve English-speaking job seekers in the regions,” said Iris Unger, Executive Director of YES. “For instance, creating workshops and training in English for those re-entering the job market or changing careers, offering free or low-cost French-language training, and publicizing existing English-language services are three recommendations that are highlighted in the report.”


The Employment in the Québec Regions: Needs Assessment Study was developed with the help of Committee for Anglophone Social Action (CASA), Megantic Community Development Corporation (MCDC), North Shore Community Alliance (NSCA), Townshippers Association, Voice of English-speaking Québec (VEQ), and Neighbours Regional Association of Rouyn-Noranda.


The report finds that the overall unemployment rate among Quebec’s English-speaking youth was 13.7 percent compared to 9.4 percent for French-speaking youth. In some areas, such as the Côte-Nord, the unemployment rate is 32.2 percent for English-speakers, compared with 11.1 percent for French-speaking youth. Despite having higher levels of university education than the French-speaking majority, English-speaking Quebecers still have higher unemployment rates.


A copy of the full report is available by clicking here. It includes information on the varying challenges of the different regions, and the nine recommendations.


“We’ve seen first-hand how getting job search help in your own language can give people more confidence and lead to better outcomes,” said Ms. Unger. “While English-speaking youth in the Montreal area certainly face challenges, the report is intended to shine a light on community needs outside our area.”


YES provides English-language support services to help Quebecers find employment and start businesses. The YES centre is located right across from McGill University at 666 Sherbrooke W. (corner University) suite 700. Visit YESMontreal.ca for more information.

 


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