Research Reports and Studies

Provincial Employment Roundtable (PERT): Closing the 12K Gap: Improving Employment for Quebec's English-Speaking Community

This report on employment and employability challenges facing the English-speaking community in Quebec and recommendations on how to address them was prepared by YES Employment + Entrepreneurship (formerly YES)
and the Provincial Employment Roundtable (PERT).

PERT is a non-profit organization focused on addressing employment and employability challenges facing the English-speaking community in Québec through the mobilization of knowledge and resources. Through engagement and collaboration PERT strives to support interested actors to create solutions which can enhance the economic vitality of not only the English-speaking community, but all Quebecers. 

On November 22, 2019, the Provincial Employment Roundtable (PERT) brought together 96 members of the community representing 58 unique organizations to discuss issues and challenges facing the English-speaking community with regards to employment, as well as draft recommendations on key issues identified during the summer of 2019. As previously mentioned, the participants expressed a desire to produce actionable solutions which the community could present to the Government of Québec to address as part of a collaborative framework. 

To read the report in English, click here and for the French version, click here.

Strategic Recommendations from the Advancing Women in STEM Leaders Forum

The Advancing Women in STEM Community Leader’s Forum, held on on January 29, 2018 in Montreal, was designed to harness the vast knowledge and experience of 60 leaders from the STEM, business, legal and academic sectors in order to generate practical recommendations and solutions to the following four key challenges facing women in the STEM industry:

Challenge 1: The STEM industry environment
Challenge 2: Conscious and unconscious bias against women in STEM
Challenge 3: Barriers to the path of leadership
Challenge 4: Top-down systems of advancement and support

Read the full report here.

Recommendations from the Youth Employment Forum

The Recommendations from the Youth Employment Forum report, released in 2018, highlights issues regarding the employment reality of youth in the English-speaking communities of Quebec and makes recommendations to encourage their participation and retention in Quebec’s the labour force.

The findings of the report are based on data collected during the Forum held in December 2017 which had representation from unemployed and underemployed youth as well as employers, and representation from government and educational institutions.  The Forum was funded through a grant from Canadian Heritage, and was developed as a direct response to recent surveys conducted by YES Employment + Entrepreneurship, specifically: Community Talks and Regional Needs Assessment which exposed the tough realities from the perspectives of both the employers and the youth from the English-speaking communities.

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Needs Assessment Study: Employment in the Québec Regions

The Employment in the Québec Regions: Needs Assessment Study, released in May 2017, makes recommendations on how to help reverse the higher youth unemployment rates faced by English-speakers in the Quebec regions.

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

The report includes information on the varying challenges of the different regions, and the nine recommendations.

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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.

Opportunities & Obstacles Facing English-Speaking Newcomers Launching Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Quebec

This research study released in March 2017 identifies the key barriers and opportunities that English-speaking newcomers face when launching or planning to launch small to medium enterprises (SMEs) in Quebec. The information gathered by this study is intended to assist policy makers and entrepreneurship service providers in supporting newcomers (recent immigrants who arrived in the past five years) in the creation and growth of SMEs, leading to a stronger entrepreneurial society and economy in Quebec.

YES Employment + Entrepreneurship and the Association for Canadian Studies (ACS) would like to acknowledge the Government of Canada, Innovation Science and Economic Development (ISED) (formerly Industry Canada) for funding this study.

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Needs Based Assessment of Women in The STEM Sector

YES Employment + Entrepreneurship conducted a gender-based analysis of the opportunities as well as the career advancement barriers faced by women in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math sectors (STEM). To access the full report (released April 2016), please click here.

Gender-Based Analysis: Québec Technology Sector

Released in January 2013, this research report presents a gender-based analysis specific to women in the technology sector in Québec. The paper identifies barriers and opportunities for women in technology, makes recommendations to address these barriers, and creates an evaluation tool to measure changes in the industry over a three-year timeframe (2013-2015).

A follow-up report was released in March of 2015. View an online copy of the 2015 report here.