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The dropout problem has real consequences for the vitality of the Montreal business community and the region’s economy.

Consequences of dropping out | Career aspirations: driving perseverance | How you can take action as a business

The dropout issue: it affects businesses too

Shortage of qualified personnel

Labour market forecasts indicate that 40,000 new jobs will be created by 2016, of which 80% will require a CEGEP or university diploma.

70% of Montreal’s workforce will turn over by 2016, and 52% of these jobs will require a CEGEP or university diploma.

A high dropout rate thus makes it harder to train the qualified workforce that Montreal requires to maintain a thriving economy.

Lower performance and competitiveness in the international market

The Montreal market is characterized by the knowledge economy, which is based above all on the availability of qualified personnel.

Québec’s labour department, Emploi-Québec, cites the high dropout rate among factors that compromise the quality of Montreal’s labour force.

It is therefore vital to focus on the success of young people in school to develop the human resources needed for Montreal’s competiveness on the international stage.

Weakened economy and increased pressure on government finances

The economic consequences of the dropout problem for Québec are considerable.

The management consulting firm McKinsey & Company has estimated the costs incurred by students in Québec dropping out at $1.9 Billion.

Dropouts earn less, paying less income tax, and use social services more, all of which are just some of the consequences that affect Montreal’s economy.


Career aspirations: driving perseverance

Making plans for the future is an excellent way to improve student motivation and help them persevere.

So taking action on educational and career aspirations by helping students learn about different professions and careers can have many positive effects, including:

  • Improving motivation by providing goals
  • Helping students get through periods when they may be tempted to drop out
  • Exposing youth from disadvantaged communities to possibilities they may not have believed open to them


How you can take action as a business

  • Promote work/school balance among working students.
  • Take part in Hooked on School Days.
  • Adopt a school and contribute to projects that encourage kids to stay in school.
  • Help fill the needs of Montreal schools: Mobilys.
  • Inspire youth by speaking about your profession and your experiences:
  • Welcome youth into your business:
  • Encourage your managers and staff to get involved in community organizations:
    • Urge them to join boards of administration and get involved in social entrepreneurship.
    • Urge them to volunteer to support technical, scientific, or artisanal activities related to the interests and aspirations of young people.

School perseverance at a glance

  • 79.8%

    of Montreal students obtain a diploma.

    A 12.1% improvement since 2009.

  • 15.9%

    of Montreal youth drop out before graduating.

    A 8.7% improvement since 2009.

  • 25%

    of Québec dropouts are in Montreal.

    This represents 1,870 Montreal youth who left school without graduating in 2015.

  • 28.9%

    of Montreal kindergarten students are vulnerable in at least one developmental domain.

    This is higher than the Québec average of 25.6%.

  • 84%

    of Québec elementary students living in the most underprivileged conditions are in Montreal.

    An average of 25,245 Montreal families with a child under the age of 18 live in a highly underprivileged area.

Government graduation-rate target for 2020


(Target for the Montreal region, students aged 20 and under)