Join the discussion about creating opportunities for Québec’s workforce

Welcome to Unlocking Potential

Québec’s labour shortage is estimated to be costing its economy $11 billion dollars a year. In Canada, skills vacancies represent $25 billion in unrealized economic value.

As the labour shortage persists, and skills gaps continue to widen, economic growth will be impacted by the ability of governments and employers to effectively develop their workforce and provide opportunity to everyone.

Unfortunately, Québec’s English speakers continue to face higher unemployment rates than French speakers. They also earn less than French speakers despite comparative levels of education. And both these gaps are growing.

Join us for Unlocking Potential where we’ll tackle the employment challenges faced by Québec’s English-speaking community and explore solutions to move Québec’s economy forward.

About the Conference

Building strong pathways to employment and increasing the employability of Québec’s English-speakers will take a collective effort.

This 2 day conference will explore the following questions:

  • How can the economic potential of Québec’s English-speaking community be unlocked?

  • What kind of employment services need to be developed and offered?

  • How does the skills training ecosystem need to evolve to improve the English-speaking community’s employability?

Our experts and speakers will share their insights during panel discussions and sessions covering:

  • The latest 2021 census data on employment for English speakers

  • Best practices in employment service delivery and accessibility for English speakers

  • Accessibility of employment services and economic opportunity in the regions

  • Strategies for increasing the representation of English speakers in Québec's civil service

  • Innovative skills development and education initiatives

Identifying solutions and a roadmap forward requires your participation. Unlocking Potential will also feature breakouts and brainstorming sessions to collect participant input and feedback.

Join the discussion, and let's work together to build a brighter future for employment in Québec.


Our lineup of speakers includes experts in education, employment services, and labour, each committed to enhancing Quebec's labour market.

Conference Lineup

Interested in learning about the themes we will explore during this conference? Check out our conference lineup for the list of our panels and discussion themes.


An overview of what to expect throughout the conference.


The Provincial Employment Roundtable

The Provincial Employment Roundtable (PERT) is a non-profit multi-stakeholder initiative focused on addressing the employment and employability challenges facing Québec’s English-speaking community.

Regional Development Network

The Regional Development Network (RDN) is a provincial non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing socio-economic development for English-speaking communities across the province of Québec. Supported by a network of regional English-language organizations, RDN collaborates with federal, provincial governments and municipalities as a way to represent its network's needs and challenges and to create projects and partnerships.

Consortium of English-language CEGEPs, Colleges and Universities of Quebec

The Consortium of English-language CEGEPs, Colleges and Universities of Québec is an alliance of nine post-secondary institutions in Québec working together to create employment opportunities and retain graduates from English-language institutions.

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1001 Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle Montréal, QC H2Z 1H5

Métro Place-d'Armes

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