Quebec city's mayor Regis Labeaume says a lack of bilingualism in his municipality is causing headaches for employers, and he says the education system is not doing a proper job.
The mayor says "all" businesses are telling him there are not enough bilingual people in the provincial capital.
"I would say all of them. Any employer that does exportation, they will tell you that they try to find some bilingual people and it's tough," he says.
18% of employers say a lack of bilingualism is the biggest problem they face when it comes to the city's workforce, according to 2013 a survey done by the Quebec city chamber of commerce.
And Labeaume says the language skills of the younger generation are still not up to par. "The youth are more bilingual than we were, but it's still a very big problem here."
Everyone who graduates from high school should be bilingual, says the city's mayor. He also says the issue is a matter of social equality.
"Because people who have money in their pockets, like me, I send my kids to camp. They get English lessons others don't get. It's completely unfair."