Less People Speak French At Work In Montreal Than Ever Before

Not the kind of news you'd expect.
Less People Speak French At Work In Montreal Than Ever Before

In Quebec anglophones know how hard it is to find a job when you don't speak French, which is why many students who come here to study don't actually stay after they graduate. Because as you know, in Quebec the official language spoken in the workplace is French. 

But that may be slowly changing according Stats Canada.

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Bilingual workplaces are more common in Quebec than ever before. And in the last 10 years, French has actually been losing ground.

French speaking workplaces have dropped by 2.6% in Montreal (2.3% province-wide) according to the latest statistics. Meanwhile Bilingual workplaces are up 2.6% in Quebec. 

This may be caused by several factors:

  • The francophone population is slowly declining. 

  • Employment sectors that use English (Legal, accounting, engineering, science, marketing) are on the rise.    

  • Other languages in the workplace are also on the rise in Quebec including Cree and Inuktitut. 

  • Quebec businesses need English if they want to do business in the US and rest of Canada.


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