Not so brilliant, François Legault's employment record

Not so bright, François Legault’s job record


Since the CAQ took power at the end of October 2018, barely 128,400 jobs have been created in Quebec, including 94,900 full-time jobs and 33,500 part-time.  

This represents only 16.3% of all jobs created in Canada. This is six percentage points less than the weight of Quebec's labor force (22.2%) in Canada, which labor force includes workers and those looking for work.  

By way of comparison, under the previous Liberal government of Philippe Couillard, from May 2014 to October 2018, the job market had jumped by 240,800 jobs, including a gain of 247,200 full-time jobs and a decline of 6,400 jobs at part-time.  

At that time, the creation of 240,800 jobs in Quebec represented 23.8% of all jobs created in Canada.  

With only 16.3% of all jobs created in Canada, it is clear that job creation under Legault shows a clear underperformance compared to the ratio of 23.8% under Couillard.  

Of course, the Quebec labor market has been shaken by the COVID-19 pandemic. But this is absolutely no reason to explain our poor performance since the famous pandemic has hit everywhere and at the same time the entire country.  


Even less rosy is to note that in the end very few jobs were created in the private sector, only 27,600 in total. The increase of 75,800 employees in the private sector was greatly reduced by the loss of 48,300 self-employed workers.  

Thus, the vast majority of the 128,400 jobs created since the arrival in power of the Legault government is concentrated in the public sector. In the end, today we find ourselves with 100,800 more employees who are in the pay of the three levels of government (provincial, federal, municipal).  

There are currently 1,021,400 employees in the Quebec public sector, or 23.3% of all workers. In Canada as a whole, the weight of public sector employees in the labor market is 21.7%, or even 1.6 percentage points less than in La Belle Province. 


From the analysis of the labor market that I carried out using employment data published by Statistics Canada, it another disappointing finding emerges. 

Of all the full-time jobs that have been created in Canada since October 2018, Quebec accounts for only 13%. This is significantly lower than the weight of our active population (22.2%) in the country.  


Where have the most jobs been created in the last four years?  

  • Construction: + 36,500  
  • < li dir="auto">Finance, insurance, real estate: + 33,600 

  • Professional and technical services: + 47,400 
  • Educational services: +39,500 
  • Public administration: + 31,500  

Although the Legault government has made enormous efforts, the health care and social assistance sector only added 14,600 more employees.  

Where have the most jobs been lost during the same period?  

  • Accommodation and catering: – 63,600 
  • Business and support services: – 24,200  
  • Other services: – 11,500 
  • Retail trade: – 9700  


Over the past few years, Quebec has managed to narrow the wage gap that we have with Canada as a whole.  

Our average hourly wage is today stands at $30.74, up 20% since November 2018, at $5.13. In Canada, the hourly wage reached $31.33, up 16.1% (+ $4.36).  

The average weekly wage is $1,112.51 in Quebec , up 22.9% over four years, or even $207.29. Nationwide, said wage is $1,163.40 per week, up 18.7% (+$183.66).   

Couillard did better

Not so brilliant, François Legault’s job record