Montreal's Vital Signs 2010
Academic achievement is the most effective means of overcoming social inequality, and it also expands professional and personal perspectives. This is a philosophy that some immigrant youth seem to have grasped.
  • diplômeIn 2005-2006, 38% of handicapped students on the island attended standard classrooms in preschool and elementary school, a proportion that drops to 31% in high school. The situation is different throughout Quebec as a whole, where children tend to be more integrated (46%), which is less true for adolescents. 1
  • The proportion of students in the island who enter high school with a delay in their group fell 3.5 percentage points between 2002 (18.8%) and 2005 (15.3%). Even though in 2002, girls were already outperforming boys, three years later the improvement was even greater for girls (-3.7% points), decreasing from 16.2% to 12.5%, while for boys, it was -3.3% points, dropping from 21.3% to 18%. 2
  • In 2009, in Greater Montreal, a significant number of adolescents over 15 years of age did not complete high school (21%). Toronto (17.9%), Vancouver (15.6%), Calgary (14.5%), and above all, Ottawa (9.5%), had better results in this area. 3
  • In 2006-2007, the school dropout rate in Laval was 25.3%, placing it within the Quebec average, while Montreal (32.1%) was even worse than Longueuil (26.8%). Everywhere, boys are more affected by this phenomenon. However, since 2002-2003, boys made significant progress in Laval (-6.2%) and, to a lesser extent in Longueuil (-1.6%) and in Montreal (-1.3%). Over the same period, girls only made significant progress in Longueuil (-1.2%), while their situation remained stable in Laval (-0.1) and deteriorated somewhat in Montreal (+1.6%). 4
School Dropout Rates
2006-2007 Population Centres
source : Ministère de l'Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport 4
  • In 2006-2007, high school dropouts in the public system affected more boys (38%) than girls (27%) on the island, and affected some areas (South-West-Verdun, 48%) more than others (West Island, 18%). 5
  • In 2006, in Greater Montreal, 29% of youth 15 to 24 years of age did not attend school. Twenty-five percent of these students spoke English as their mother tongue, while 25% were allophone and 31% francophone. 6
  • On the island, in 2009, 40.6% of public elementary and high school students spoke a mother tongue other than English or French, which now surpasses the proportion of those whose maternal language is French (38.1%). Similarly, the proportion of students who did not speak English or French at home (26.8%) was similar to those who spoke English (26.6%). 7
  • On the island, in 2009, the maternal languages of elementary and high school students, other than French and English, were primarily Arabic (7.6%), Spanish (6.8%), Italian (3.1%), Creole (2.9%), and Chinese (2.3%). 7
  • In 2008, in 31 elementary schools on the island, and in three high school pilot projects, 35 teachers assisted 2,186 students in learning one of 11 languages of origin.8
  • The graduation rate of high school students is 82% among Montreal students whose language spoken at home is Vietnamese, 78% who speak Chinese, 67% for Arabic [Maghreb and Libyan], 65% Persian [Iran], 52% Spanish [Latin American] and 40% for Creole students, in comparison to almost 62% for francophones. And in Toronto and Vancouver, certain immigrant groups were more successful than anglophone groups, but this advantage is generally less notable, except in the case of Chinese speaking students. 9
  • The proportion of students born in Canada to immigrant parents (23.4%) has reached a ceiling since 2005, while the proportion of students born outside Canada, like their parents (22.4%), grew rapidly since 2006. With students with one parent born outside Canada (10%), in 2009, 55.8% of public elementary and high school students on the island came from culturally diverse origins. 7
  • In 2009, in the region, 55.6% of the population 15 years of age and older had a diploma for post secondary studies, which is more than in Toronto (54.1%) and Vancouver (51.6%), but less than in Ottawa (62.9%) and Calgary (57.2%). 10
Educational Attainment of the Population 15 Years and Older
CMA, 2009
Source†: Statistics Canada 11
  • With 26.5% of its population from 25 to 64 years of age holding a university degree in 2006, Montreal ranks 29th among 31 metropolitan regions in North America. The city is behind Calgary (20th with 30.6%), Vancouver (19th with 30.7%), Toronto (14th with 33.6%) and Ottawa (9th with 35.4%). Washington came first with 48% of university grads. 12
Population of 25 to 64 Year Olds Who Have a Degree or Postgraduate Degree
(Ranked among 31 metropolitan regions in North America, 2006)
Source†: Statistics Canada et U.S. Census Bureau 12

École le Plateau
© Le Plateau Foundation

dot…cole Le Plateau was founded in 1973 as the first music-oriented school within the Montreal Catholic School Commission (CECM). The philosophy behind this project is to introduce underprivileged children to a musical experience in a school setting in order to contribute to and enrich their basic development and independence.

1 Portrait statistique de l’éducation, région administrative de Montréal, ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport, 2006

2 Portrait statistique de l’éducation, région administrative de Montréal, ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport, 2005 et 2006

3 Working-age population study, Special Request (A050705), Statistics Canada

4 Taux de décrochage (sorties sans qualification ni diplôme) du secondaire, en formation générale des jeunes,
selon le sexe, par territoire de conférence régionale des élus (CRÉ) et ensemble du Québec,
Banque de données
des statistiques officielles sur le Québec

5 En santé pour l’avenir ? Un portrait des jeunes Montréalais d’âge scolaire – 2e édition, Direction de santé publique, Agence de la santé et des services sociaux de Montréal, 2010, 46 p.

6 Santéscope, Institut national de santé publique du Québec

7 Portrait socioculturel des élèves inscrits dans les écoles publiques de l’île de Montréal. Inscriptions au 30 septembre 2008, par Dominique Sévigny, Comité de gestion de la taxe scolaire de l’île de Montréal, 2009, 491 p.

8 Le Programme d’enseignement des langues d’origine à la Commission scolaire de Montréal. Réussites et défis, par Réginald Fleury, Les Entretiens Jacques-Cartier, 2008, 10 p.

9 « Le cheminement scolaire des jeunes allophones à Montréal », par Marie Mc Andrew, Jacques Ledent, Jake Murdoch et Henda Ben Salah, Vie Pédagogique, 2009

10 Working-age population study, Special Request (A050705), Statistics Canada

11 Working-age population study, Special Request (A050705), Statistics Canada

12 Le capital humain dans la région métropolitaine de Montréal, Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal, 2009, 28 p.