Why must Estrie communities become involved with regard to perseverance and educational success?



  • The emphasis accorded to education has changed. Although the reality of dropping out goes back to the early days of schools, it was not until the late 1980s that this subject became a central point of concern in the education field. In spite of the fact that the situation is improving in the Estrie and elsewhere in Quebec, it remains a concern. 

  • Estrie does now and will continue to require skilled labour. According to forecasts by Emploi-Québec, more than 28,700 jobs will be available in Estrie between 2012 and 2016. 17% of these jobs are for growing enterprises (4,900 employees) and 83% are for the replacement of retirees (23,800 jobs)1

  •  The requirements of the labour market are on the rise. The segment of jobs requiring a vocational diploma or college degree will increase in the coming years.1

    1 Source : Gouvernement du Québec, (25 février 2011) Perspectives d'emploi par profession 2012-2016, Plus de 28 700 emplois disponibles dans la région de l'Estrie de 2012 à 2016, communiqué.
  • Estrie reveals a high dropout rate. During the period of 2009-2010, the Estrie dropout rate in the public school sector was 23.2%.2

    2 Source: MELS – DR Estrie, AGIR, Taux de décrochage, bilan 4, ni qualification par région, compilation spéciale, mai 2011.

  • Difficult socio-economic conditions influence academic success. In 2011-2012, Estrie had 45 elementary schools and seven high schools with a socio-economic index of 8, 9 and 10 4. 10 is the highest decile of deprivation. This index is composed of two-thirds the education of the mothers and one third of the proportion of parents who have not worked during the previous year, regardless of the family income. These two variables determine at 96.3% the non-achievers.

    4 Source : MELS –DR Estrie, Indice de défavorisation par école, 2011-2012, compilation spéciale, mars 2012.


  • Parental support and involvement are crucial. Close to 30 years of research have shown that when schools and parents work together, children perform better in school and drop out less prematurely.

  • The Estrie and certain municipalities will have to face this demographic challenge, although in general the outlook in Estrie is very favourable. In fact, for the next 20 years, a population increase of 8.1% is expected, as compared to Quebec with 6.3%. This scenario is similar in all regions except the des Sources MRC. However, one observes that during the last 10 years, various MRCs that make-up the Estrie region have all experienced a decline in the number of residents aged between 20 and 29, unlike the City of Sherbrooke, which showed an increase in this age group (49.2%).5


     5 Source : CRÉ de l'Estrie, Portrait socio-économique régional de l'Estrie, mai 2009 (révisé en novembre 2009).