More difficult than ever to attract young talent to Quebec’s Far North region

Employment in the northern part of the province is more difficult than ever to fulfill. Despite the social benefits, the working conditions and the very competitive wages, the industries are constantly recruiting.

The Côte-Nord region offers a dynamic and welcoming employment market, linked to the development of  hydroelectricity, forestry, the mining and the metallurgical industries, fisheries and recreation tourism. The jobs are diversified with interesting responsibilities and dynamic teams. However, the majority of Quebecers are not ready to move to remote cities that offer a less festive atmosphere than large urban centers.

Several techniques are available for anyone who wants to enter the job market quickly. Students in these programs are guaranteed to be recruited given the huge demand. The need for workers in the mining sector in northern Quebec is so great that employers are hiring graduates of professional training and certifications.

According to the estimation of labor requirements of the mining sector in Quebec, the demand for employment by 2021 will be 6648 workers, of which 66% comes from a professional training and certifications, 13% from CEGEP (technical), only 7% with a university degree and 14% with related studies. Hundreds of students graduate each year from vocational training in mining, but this is insufficient for industries. Professional training lasting a few months or a year is preferred to technical studies in CEGEPs. Demand is important so accelerated training is recommended. It is incredible and unusual to think that with a simple training of a few months, it is possible to work for a large company while earning an annual salary of more than $ 80,000.

Every year, the Government of Quebec actively seeks to increase the region’s employment rate with action plans. These plans outline the strategies and actions that will be implemented during the current fiscal year by Emploi-Québec in the Côte-Nord region. Despite all the efforts made over the years, it is possible to note that the employment rate never exceeded 62%. According to Statistics Canada’s annual labor force survey, the unemployment rate is consistently between 38% and 45%.

The Greater Montreal Area and the Greater Quebec city Area are two major regions that attract a lot of talented and qualified professionals. The quality of life, the attractions, the school system, the health system and the fluidity of transportation are arguments in favor of these big centers. Yet Quebec’s Far North region has other interesting benefits for young people and families. More promotions and marketing should be made in high schools and CEGEPs to encourage students and aspiring professionals to open up to new careers and new regions of Quebec. Also, industries in the Far North are often important players Quebec’s economy.


Emploi-Québec, North Shore Region,, visited on Monday, February 19, 2018,

Emploi-Québec, Publications and administrative documents – North Shore Labor Market Bulletins Registry, 1 & tx_fceqpubform_pi1% 5Btheme_niv2% 5D = 2 & tx_fceqpubform_pi1% 5Bregion% 5D = 7, visited on Monday, February 19, 2018

Emploi-Québec, Publications and Administrative Documents – Register of Cote-Nord Action Plans, 5D = 22 & tx_fceqpubform_pi1% 5Bregion% 5D = 7, visited on Monday, February 19, 2018

Journal de Montréal, 6 months of training for $ 100,000 a year,, visited on Monday February 19, 2018

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