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Specialized and highly educated workforce

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Employment in
knowledge-intensive sectors
has grown faster
in the Quebec City region
that in the rest of Canada.

University students (percentage of the population)

Sample of 16 North American metropolitan regions, 2010


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Specialized and highly educated workforce

Being able to rely on a qualified workforce is a key consideration for companies seeking steady growth in cutting-edge sectors. Having access to the best talent is a prerequisite to wealth creation.

In the Quebec City region, many educational and research institutions offer training that is directly related to the region’s main economic drivers, thereby ensuring the availability of a highly skilled workforce that is ready to get down to business!

People in the Quebec City region have a higher level of education than the Canadian average, with 90% of working-age residents holding a high school diploma or higher qualification.

Employment change in high-knowledge industries


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The Quebec City metropolitan region has the educational infrastructure to meet the specific workforce needs of companies, being home to five universities, 16 colleges and technical training institutions, 22 vocational training schools and several specialized institutes. For example, Laval University, North America’s premiere francophone post-secondary institution, is one of the leading sources of qualified graduates in Canada, with 44,000 students enrolled in 400 different programs. Every year, it welcomes 4,000 foreign students from 110 countries. Numerous international students also attend classes on the Lévis campus of the University of Quebec at Rimouski (UQAR). Quebec City is home to the headquarters of the University of Quebec, Canada’s largest university network, in addition to the National School of Public Administration (ENAP), Télé-Université (distance learning) and the National Institute of Scientific Research (INRS) - Water Earth Environment Centre.

Quebec City attracting university students

Out of a selection of 16 North American metropolitan regions, Quebec City has one of the highest concentrations of university students, many of whom are enrolled in graduate programs (master’s and doctoral levels).

Immigration and worker mobility

Many companies are in hot pursuit of the world’s best talent. When they set up operations in the Quebec City metropolitan region, they benefit from a spirit of openness that facilitates worker mobility.

The Canadian government places a priority on attracting immigrants whose skills and experience meet the needs of the national economy. Sharing in this spirit of openness, the Quebec government has entered into worker mobility agreements with France, Catalonia and Ontario.

Knowledge-oriented employment market

Employment in knowledge-intensive sectors has grown faster in the Quebec City region that in the rest of Canada. Between 2006 and 2011, the rate of knowledge-intensive employment in the region was 25.4%, compared with 16.7% for the province of Quebec and 11.5% for Canada as a whole. Approximately 65% of the new jobs created in Quebec City between 2006 and 2011 were in the medium/high knowledge-intensive sectors.


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