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Is Quebec experiencing a labour shortage? How can we know for sure?

February 1, 2013
François Dupuis, Vice-President and Chief Economist • Yves St-Maurice, Senior Director and Deputy Chief Economist • Joëlle Noreau, Senior Economist

The issue of our aging workforce and the difficulties employers face in filling job vacancies has been examined by a host of specialists. Business associations, labour force committees, professional orders and chambers of commerce spend a good deal of time and energy trying to understand the labour market and assess the seriousness of the situation. Are we suffering from a labour shortage? For most observers, the answer is no. Some, however, say a shortage does exist, while others believe that an accurate diagnosis simply isn’t possible with the information currently available. How can we know for sure? Here are a few points to help clarify things.