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

early childhood educator (E.C.E.)
Prospects over the next 3 years

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:

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