A new statistical portrait of young Québecers

Montréal, February 24, 2014 – In 2012, 15-29 year-olds comprised 19% of the population of Québec. The proportion was slightly higher in 1996 (20%); however it was 30% in 1976. Between the ages of 15 and 29 years, various important transitions occur in life, characterized by personal choices, new lifestyle habits and the concretization of academic, family and job aspirations. The Institut de la statistique du Québec published today a report entitled Regard statistique sur la jeunesse which provides a statistical overview of certain aspects of the lives of Québec teenagers and young adults.

This publication is an initiative of the Secrétariat à la jeunesse du Québec (SAJ) (Québec Youth Secretariat) in collaboration with various ministries and organizations. It’s goal is to inform debate prior to updating Québec’s Politique jeunesse (Youth policy). Certain statistical indicators have been taken into account in the white paper on the Politique québécoise de la jeunesse recently unveiled by the Québec government.

The Institut is pleased to make available up-to-date statistics to all stakeholders showing trends in the lives of young Québecers 15 to 29 years of age over the past 15 years. This compilation of survey results, administrative and census registers addresses seven major topics – demography; the labour market and entrepreneurship; education; health; finances; culture and internet use; social and civic engagement, criminality and foreign travel.

The report is available only in .pdf format.

The Institut de la statistique du Québec produces, analyses and disseminates official, objective and quality statistical information on various aspects of Québec society. It is the statistical coordinator for Québec and the relevance of its work makes it a strategic ally for decision makers and all those wishing to learn more about Québec.


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