More Quebecers are leaving the province

The Association for Canadian Studies has looked at the number of Quebecers who left the province last year and says it's the highest it's been for over a decade. Data also showed the number of people moving to Quebec is at a record low.

28 439 Quebecers left the province in 2013, the highest number since 2000.

Two out of three moved to Ontario, one in ten to Alberta and one in ten to British-Columbia.

Although the increase coincides with the Parti Quebecois returning to power, Jack Jedwab, the Association’s Executive Vice President says the perception of Quebec's economy is responsible for the increase.

“The main factor that you would need to attribute to it right now is the economy and not politics, however if the trend continues I suspect a lot of people will begin to think it is about political uncertainty.”

Jedwab says there are fewer young Canadians coming to study in Quebec and more allophones leaving.

He says the government needs to pay more attention to job creation for immigrants and their kids if it wants to attract and keep people here.

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  1. joeN posted on 01/08/2014 02:55 PM
    Why is this a surprise? I encourage my daughter to complete her Bilingual education here and then leave for a greener more respectful part of Canada, and we will follow her taking along our savings, pension, and tax dollars where they can be used for a better life free of the intolerance we face daily in Quebec.
  2. Joe posted on 01/08/2014 03:47 PM
    And the PQ is basking in glory. More and more No votes are heeding the Decourcy handbook New York Times best seller "Bienvenue au Quebec" also known as "Our Way or the Highway". Their strategy is right on course,,, chase enough away and sooner or later we will have to numbers for our ultimate goal, but the problem is the ones that are leaving have all the cash and brains, because you do not go just anywhere to hang around on a different street corner just because you hate the politics of this stinking province, you go because you either A) afford it or B) have the education to make it elsewhere. So the clan will be left with all these mouths to feed after and if they reach their goal with a good % of the cash gone down the 401.
  3. Sam posted on 01/08/2014 04:04 PM
    How can any serious person say that it's the economy and not politics as though the two were independent of each other. Hilarious.
  4. Paul posted on 01/08/2014 04:25 PM
    Every time the PQ comes to power, they do great damage to our Province. We are sliding ever closer to Third World status.
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