Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Quebec workplaces least diverse in Canada: study


According to reports in Postmedia newspapers on a study completed by the Association for Canadian Studies(ACS), while Canada as a whole has multicultural workplaces, Quebec had the lowest proportion out of all the provinces.
The National Post reports:
“Seventy-three per cent of Canadians describe their workplace or school as diverse... Sixty per cent of Quebecers work in a multicultural environment, the lowest proportion of any province... Fewer Quebecers work and study in multicultural environments because most of the province's immigrants are concentrated in Montreal, and because the city attracts fewer immigrants than Toronto or Vancouver, (ACS executive director Jack) Jedwab said. Also, Quebec has a lower proportion of cultural minorities in government jobs than other provinces.”

Despite the lack of cultural diversity in the workplace, the Montreal Gazette notes that population numbers from the provincial government’s Institut de la statistique du Québec show “diversity is increasingly becoming the hallmark of 21st-century Quebec.”According to the National Post, Léger Marketing "surveyed 2,345 people online in September and October for the Canadian portion of the poll. The sample size would yield a margin of error of two percentage points, 19 times out of 20." Leger Marketing told OpenFile Montreal that a total of 484 people from Quebec were polled for the study but declined to share the full report with OpenFile, saying it would be made public in the coming weeks.
Population growth in the province is now propelled by immigration and not the birth rate, the Gazette reported. With this trend, diversification in the workplace is bound to increase.
Chart Source: Léger Marketing, ORC International via Association for Canadian studies.