Youth in Official Language Minorities, 1971-1991

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Youth in Official Language Minorities, 1971-1991
Section 3 of the booklet (pages 37-55) deals with Anglophone youths in Quebec. The author found that between 1971 and 1991, the number of Anglophone youth in Quebec declined by 135,000 from 365,000 to 230,000. He also found that the percentage of Anglophone youth able to speak both English and French rose markedly in the two decades between 1971 and 1991. From 32 percent in 1971, the percentage able to speak both official languages rose to 61 percent in 1991. The author found that young Anglophones in Quebec had high levels of education relative to the rest of the Quebec population. The 25-34 age group, when most have completed their formal education, shows 23 percent with a university degree, compared to 14 percent for Francophones in the same age group and 21 percent for Allophones. A similar comparison for the 20-24 age group showed that 12 percent of Anglophones had a degree compared to 9 percent of Allophones and 8 percent of Francophones. The percentage of Anglophones with some post-secondary education was greater than non-Anglophones for both the 20-24 and 25-34 age groups. At the other end of the education continuum, the percentage of Anglophones with less than Grade 9 education was lower than the percentage of non-Anglophones. Three percent of Anglophones did not have at least Grade 9 education, compared to 5 percent for Francophones and 10 percent for Allophones. In 1991, approximately 11,000 Anglophone youth (aged 15-24) were unemployed. For Anglophone youth in these working ages, this represented an unemployment rate of 18.7 percent or almost one in five.
Ottawa, ON
Statistics Canada, Demography Division
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Harrison, Brian R. Youth in Official Language Minorities, 1971-1991. Ottawa, ON: Statistics Canada, Demography Division, 1996.
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