Research Reports and Studies

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, 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 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 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.