Unemployment in Quebec

When you relocate to the province and are a part of the workforce, you may be interested to know about unemployment in Quebec.

The unemployment rate in Quebec is about 7.9 per cent. That’s almost 1 per cent above the Canadian unemployment rate, and it’s the fifth highest rate of unemployment amongst Canada’s provinces and territories. Unemployment in Quebec is defined by those who are without a job, and actively looking for work. Many factors can contribute to the rate of unemployment in Quebec, such as season, age, discouragement and the closure of large employers.

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In Quebec, if you have obtained legal immigration status and a work permit, you are eligible to receive employment insurance (EI). If you have stopped working, you should apply for EI as soon as possible in order to receive compensation. If you do this more than a month after losing your job, you may no longer be eligible. You are eligible to receive employment insurance if:

  • You have made contributions to employment insurance.
  • You lost your job by no fault of your own.
  • You have not worked, or been paid for at least 7 days (out of the past 52 weeks).
  • You worked for the required number of hours to make you insurable.
  • You are or have been actively seeking employment (keep a record of interviews).
  • You are in a position of which you are willing, and capable of working

The maximum Employment Insurance one can receive per week is around $480, and the payment is generally calculated as 50 percent of your per-week earnings.

To apply for EI, you will need to contact Service Canada and complete a form in person or online. you should have on hand your SIN; address (residential and mailing); bank information including your account number, branch number, and the name and number of the financial institution; and details of your past employment (the job that you were laid off from).

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About Jerry

Before my family and I relocated to Canada where I received a teaching opportunity at one of the country’s renowned universities, my wife and kids were naturally full of questions. What would the schools be like? How does healthcare work? Is Canadian French very different than European French? What about Canadian English verses European English? How cold are those frigid northern winters we’ve heard so much about? The only way to fully understand a new city or country is to experience it first-hand. My family and I decided to embrace our relocation as an adventure. Years after the move, we still consider “The Great White North” our home, and we couldn’t be more satisfied with our quality of life here. // Avant que ma famille et moi-même soyons relocalisés au Canada parce que j’ai eu l’opportunité d’aller enseigner dans l’une des universités assez réputée du pays, ma femme et mes enfants avaient naturellement beaucoup de questions. A quoi ressemblent les écoles ? Comment fonctionne le système de santé ? Le français canadien est-il vraiment différent de celui parlé en France ? L’anglais canadien est-il vraiment différent de celui parlé en Europe? Est-ce que les hivers sont vraiment très rigoureux? La meilleure façon de comprendre entièrement une nouvelle ville et un pays est d’en faire personnellement l’expérience. Ma famille et moi avons décidé de voir la relocalisation comme une aventure. Quelques années plus tard, nous considérons “Le Grand Nord Blanc” comme notre maison et nous ne pourrions pas être plus satisfaits.