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58% of people aged 18 to 35 who were surveyed believe that quality of life is better in regions than in larger centres.
A majority of young Quebeckers believe that the quality of life is better in the regions than in the major centres, and that it is possible to get equally good jobs.
A Som survey, conducted for the Fédération des caisses Desjardins du Québec with young people from 18 to 35 years, shows that young people rather see a good eye the employment in the regions.
During an interview with The canadian Press, Monday, Guy Cormier, president and chief executive officer of Desjardins group, has explained that he wanted to verify the veracity of the claim that we sometimes hear that young people would be reluctant to live in the region.
Desjardins, which has a strong presence in the regions, and which serves 350 000 companies, ” wanted to better understand the interest of young people towards the regions, which could be a brake. And, to our surprise, we see that there is no brake, on the contrary. Young people have a lot of interest, ” rejoiced Mr. Cormier.
More specifically, 58 % of people aged 18 to 35 who were surveyed believe that quality of life is better in regions than in larger centres. The proportion is however lower in Montréal and Québec city, where people are more likely to prefer the larger centres.
Also, the jobs in the region are judged to be of comparable quality to jobs in major centres. Thus, 68 % of young Quebecers who believe that it is possible to get equally good jobs in the region than in major centres.
The native language
Mr. Cormier is not surprised at such percentages. “One of the prejudices or biases that I happened to read or hear, it is that the young people did that for the major centres, the major cities, or even that it is an international trend, the urbanization.
But when one starts to drill it in more detail, since the last two to three years, we begin to see also young, or even younger, who also see the other side of the coin of living in the major centres : the congestion, the pollution, the noise, ” he reports.
It is clear that the dynamics of the work in the region is in French
— Guy Cormier
Interesting fact : the people whose mother tongue is not French are more likely to prefer larger centres to the regions. And the people whose mother tongue is not French are also more skeptical about the quality of jobs in the region. They are 40 % to doubt it, compared with 27 % of francophones.
“It is clear that the dynamics of the work in the region is in French. Even in some areas, you have many companies that export to the international, do business on the american market, in Western canada, Ontario, so knowledge of a second language is also an asset. But it is clear that this is not also significant that if young people are working in a company in Montreal, for example, ” says Mr. Cormier.
The survey was conducted online with 1031 young adults in québec, from February 4 to 10.