About 40 per cent of businesses in Quebec required or wanted their employees to be able to speak English in their most recent job postings, and 63 per cent of those in Montreal did the same.
The figures come from a study from the Institut de la statistique du Québec for the Office québécois de la langue française.
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The 75-page report reveals that 62.9 per cent of businesses in Montreal and 32.2 per cent of those outside of Montreal made competency in English a requirement or asset, for a total of 39.8 per cent provincewide.
In Montreal, 50 per cent of boroughs or agglomeration suburbs demanded or sought English only or French and English during their hirings in 2018. Outside of Montreal, that number was 19 per cent, for a total of 23.5 per cent provincewide.
Of the agglomeration’s boroughs and municipalities, 17.2 per cent have rejected a candidate because of a lack of French and 20 per cent because of a lack of English competency.
Simon Jolin-Barrette, Quebec’s minister responsible for the Charter of the French Language, said he was “very preoccupied” by the findings. He said it was “not normal that a worker can’t work in French in Quebec” while French is the official language of the province.
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