Job prospects Early Childhood Educator (E.C.E.) in Québec
Job opportunities for Early childhood educators and assistants (NOC 4214) are good in Québec over the next 3 years. These job prospects are also applicable to people working as an early childhood educator (E.C.E.).
Note: These employment prospects were published in December 2021 based on the information available at the time of analysis. The next update will be in December 2022. To learn more, see our FAQs. You can also find additional information on the Canadian Online Job Posting Dashboard.
Job opportunities in Québec
The employment outlook will be good for Early childhood educators and assistants (NOC 4214) in Québec for the 2021-2023 period.
The following factors contributed to this outlook:
- Employment growth will lead to several new positions. Part of this growth is attributable to the recovery of losses suffered during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- A moderate number of positions will become available due to retirements.
- There are a small number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.
Access to an educator position usually requires a college diploma in early childhood education or an Attestation of College Studies in early childcare education. Basic requirements for positions for early childhood assistants usually include a high school diploma and working experience with children. In addition, a certificate establishing that there is no impediment in connection with the job, as well as a valid first aid certificate for early childhood (which includes a section on severe allergies) are often required. Employers look for creative, dynamic and patient people with teamwork skills and interpersonal skills with children, parents and other staff.
Employment in this occupation depends on the number of children in early childhood centres, daycares and school-based childcare, as well as government funding for these services. From a population standpoint, the number of preschool children is expected to decrease slightly by 2023, while primary-age enrollment will remain stable. Hundreds of home daycares have shut down since the start of the pandemic, resulting in a sharp increase in demand for childcare spaces in almost all parts of Quebec. To address these needs, the government has pledged to add thousands of subsidized spaces over the next four years and to simplify the paperwork related to building new facilities, and this should favour the medium-term outlook for this occupation.
Here are some key facts about Early childhood educators and assistants in Québec:
- Approximately 88,800 people work in this occupation.
- Early childhood educators and assistants mainly work in the following sectors:
- Social assistance (NAICS 624): 79%
- Elementary and secondary schools (NAICS 6111): 19%
- The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
- Full-time workers: 78% compared to 80% for all occupations
- Part-time workers: 22% compared to 20% for all occupations
- 50% of early childhood educators and assistants work all year, while 50% work only part of the year, compared to 58% and 42% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 35 weeks compared to 33 weeks for all occupations.
- 23% of early childhood educators and assistants are self-employed compared to an average of 12% for all occupations.
Breakdown by region
Explore job prospects in Québec by economic region.
|Abitibi-Témiscamingue Region||Good Good|
|Bas-Saint-Laurent Region||Good Good|
|Capitale-Nationale Region||Good Good|
|Centre-du-Québec Region||Good Good|
|Chaudière-Appalaches Region||Good Good|
|Côte-Nord Region||Good Good|
|Estrie Region||Good Good|
|Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine Region||Good Good|
|Lanaudière Region||Good Good|
|Laurentides Region||Good Good|
|Laval Region||Good Good|
|Mauricie Region||Good Good|
|Montréal Region||Good Good|
|Montérégie Region||Good Good|
|Nord-du-Québec Region||Good Good|
|Outaouais Region||Good Good|
|Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean Region||Good Good|
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Labour market conditions over the next 10 years
We expect that the labour supply and demand for Early childhood educators and assistants (NOC 4214) will be balanced in Canada over the next 10 years.
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