Les ressources humaines en science et technologie - Adaptation de la méthode élaborée par l'OCDE aux données canadiennes

Les ressources humaines en science et technologie

Adaptation de la méthode élaborée par l'OCDE aux données canadiennes

The purpose of the study is to produce a series of indicators on the stock of human resources in science and technology (HRST) for Québec and other Canadian regions based on OECD definitions and using Labour Force Survey data. According to the OECD, the stock of the HRST is composed of individuals who have either:

  • completed third degree studies in an S-T field of study; or
  • without having the above-mentioned formal qualifications (degrees), work in scientific and technical occupations usually requiring the above-mentioned qualifications.

The study is comprised of two chapters. The first sets out the method recommended by the OECD for measuring HRST, then presents the adjustments we had to make to produce the estimates based on Labour Force Survey data. The second chapter contains an analysis of the results of our work by comparing Québec's position to that of other Canadian regions.

The study, among other things, reveals that during the period from 1995 to 2001, Québec's HRST performance was lower than Ontario's and even than that of the whole of Canada. The annual average growth rate was only 2.9%, compared to 4.2% for Ontario and 3.6% for Canada.