Research at the QUESCREN Office
Since 2009, QUESCREN staff have been engaged in research initiatives on the creative economy, heritage, seniors, immigration, and poverty.
QUESCREN staff are currently involved in the following research projects:
The Labour Market Information Network is an initiative of CEDEC (Community Economic Development and Employability Corporation) aiming to pool existing labour market data, generate new LMI, and develop a research action plan. Information: Dawn Copping, firstname.lastname@example.org
“La dimension linguistique dans les cadres conceptuels sur l’économie culturelle et « créative » : le cas des professionnels des arts et de la culture d’expression anglaise au Québec” is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Led by Anne Robineau of CIRLM, it explores quantitative measurement of the cultural and creative economy applied to small language groups. Information: Anne Robineau, email@example.com
The Canadian Advisory Committee for Memory of the World (2017-present). This committee of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO reviews and evaluates submissions to the International and Canadian Memory of the World Registers. It also makes recommendations to the Executive Committee on the Canadian program. Information: Sébastien Goupil, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The studies listed below were carried out in collaboration with partners, including government departments and community groups.
English-speaking Quebecers have long been underrepresented in the Quebec Public Service. Since the 1970s, representation has hovered around 1%.
COOPER, Celine, Patrick DONOVAN and Lorraine O'DONNELL (2019). Employment of English Speakers in Quebec's Public Service. QUESCREN Working Paper no.1, October 2019.
English-speaking Quebecers participate in the provincial creative economy yet face challenges in doing so, including funding obstacles, uneven rural-urban development, discrimination against newcomers, and linguistic-cultural barriers. This report explores experiences and ways to address these challenges.
ZHANG, Tracy, with Aurelia ROMAN for Industry Canada in collaboration with the Quebec English-Speaking Communities Research Network, the Community Economic Development and Employability Corporation (CEDEC) and the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) (2012). The Creative Economy and English-speaking communities in Quebec. Montreal.
In addition to social and cultural capital that communities draw upon in developing immigrant settlement practices, this paper adds the idea of “historical capital” as a resource for Quebec’s English-speaking communities. Moreover, a "diversity mainstreaming" approach is needed that takes into account race and ethnicity when planning around official languages.
O’DONNELL, Lorraine (2013). “La diversité, la pauvreté et le capital historique et social des communautés d’expression anglaise du Québec,” in Michèle VATZ LAAROUSSI, Estelle BERNIER and Lucille GUILBERT (dir), Les collectivités locales au coeur de l’intégration des immigrants. Questions identitaires et stratégies régionales. Quebec: Presses de l’Université Laval.
Quebec history textbooks do not provide enough information on the Anglophone perspective and may under-represent the ethno-cultural variety and social class differences within English-speaking groups. Some teachers are open to learning about and transmitting information on Anglo-Québécois realities and experiences, but lack the resources and time to do so adequately.
ZANAZANIAN, Paul and Lorraine O'DONNELL (2012). “Quelle place pour les anglophones dans le grand récit collectif des Québécois? Rapport d'une journée d'étude.” Enjeux de l’Univers social 8, 1 (Spring 2012): 9-10 and 23.
This report shows that English-speaking immigrants were generally aware of Quebec's Francophone character prior to their arrival, but many initially underestimated the importance of learning French in increasing work opportunities.
GALLANT, Nicole and Alexandra MARTIN, with the participation of Lorraine O'DONNELL et. al. (2018). Accès à l’emploi des immigrants d’expression anglaise au Québec. Expériences vécues dans diverses régions. Final Report, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.
Quebec’s English-speaking community includes a higher proportion of immigrants (32.5%) than the French-speaking majority (7.6%). There is a wealth of publications related to immigration and diversity for this community. These presentations analyze trends and gaps in the literature.
O’DONNELL, Lorraine (2015). “Research on Quebec’s English-speaking communities and Immigration: Update and analysis.” Presentation at the Pathways to Prosperity National Conference, Toronto. See: Power point slides.
O’DONNELL, Lorraine (2014). “Research on immigration and Quebec’s English-speaking communities: An overview.” Presentation at the Pathways to Prosperity National Conference, Montreal. See: Power point slides and video.
In the context of a challenging political climate, English-speaking communities of Quebec (ESCQ) and their institutions are involved in immigrant integration initiatives. These often play a constructive “bridge” role for immigrants toward the majority Francophone society.
URTNOWSKI, Karen, Lorraine O’DONNELL, Eric SHRAGGE, Anne ROBINEAU et Éric FORGUES (2012). « Immigration, Settlement and Integration in Quebec’s Anglophone Communities: A preliminary report ». Revue d’études des Cantons-de-l’Est / Journal of Eastern Townships Studies 38 (printemps 2012) : 7-32.
ROBINEAU, Anne, Karen URTNOWSKI, Lorraine O'DONNELL, Éric FORGUES, Eric SHRAGGE, with the collaboration of J. GUIGNARD NOËL (2012). Immigration, Settlement and Integration in Quebec Anglophone Communities. Exploratory Study, to Metropolis Canada. Moncton and Montreal: Canadian Institute for Research on Linguistic Minorities - Quebec English-Speaking Communities Research Network, 83 p.
This paper analyzes the diversity of English-speaking Quebec outside Montreal using the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) technique, affording those interested in the field a clearer view of where work is needed.
O'DONNELL, Lorraine (2010). “The Historical Diversity of English-Speaking Quebec as a public project: a preliminary strategic analysis.” Canadian Diversity / Diversité canadienne 8, 2 (Spring 2010): 33-37.
This report summarizes discussions around issues relating to poverty within Quebec’s English-speaking communities, notably the statistical data showing that the poorest communities in Quebec are often English-speaking.
HUBERDEAU, Rémy and Lorraine O’DONNELL (2010). “QUESCREN/CHSSN Poverty Workshop.” Report of a meeting held at the Centre St. Pierre, Montreal, March 29, 2010.
More than one quarter of Quebec’s English-speaking population is 55 years of age and older, nearly half of whom were born outside Quebec. They have been aging without the benefit of policy and programs that acknowledge their particular situation as an official linguistic minority group.
Quebec Community Groups Network (2014). Moving Forward: Building Research Capacity Related to Quebec's English-Speaking Seniors. Montreal: Quebec Community Groups Network
For a comprehensive list of all research on English-speaking Quebec, consult our bibliography.