Quebec Progress Indicators | A company on the right track

Despite problems, Quebec society has developed positively in recent decades. Revenue, violent crime, air quality: the data are pointing in the right direction, according to progress indicators released Monday by the Institut de la statistique du Québec (ISQ).

Posted at 5:15 p.m

Nicolas Berube

Nicolas Berube
The press


This was Quebec’s median after-tax income adjusted for household size in 2019. This was over $51,000 for the rest of Canada, but the gap with Quebec has narrowed in recent years.

Fewer violent crimes

Despite a notable recent increase, the long-term trend in serious crime in Quebec is declining. The Crime Severity Index (CSI), which measures the volume and severity of crimes reported by police departments, was 51.61 in 2020, up from 92 in 2003.

deterioration in mental health

Disadvantage: Quebec has a lower proportion of people who rate their mental health as excellent or very good. In 2015, 73% of Quebecers agreed, compared to 72% in 2019. That’s better than the rest of Canada, where the figure was 66% in 2019. “Quebec performs better than the rest of Canada on various aspects of well-being (poverty, employment, crime). On the other hand, the income of individuals in Québec is lower,” states the ISQ in particular.

decreasing poverty

The ISQ writes that “the proportion of the population for whom disposable income for family consumption is less than the amount of the basket of goods and services provided by the Consumer Basket Measure (MPC)” is decreasing in Quebec. This proportion was 8.7% in 2019 compared to 13.7% in 2015.


Photo Karene-Isabelle Jean-Baptiste, Special Collaboration Archive

Quebec experienced several heat waves last summer.

As elsewhere in the world, long-term temperature anomalies have been observed in Quebec. This anomaly was 3.1℃ higher than normal temperature in XX in 2021e Century.

83 years old

This is the life expectancy at birth in Quebec in 2021. That’s three years more than the life expectancy at birth in 2003.

96 days

Photo Martin Chamberland, LA PRESSE archive

Smog episode in Montreal last July

This is the number of days that the concentration of fine particulate matter in the air exceeded the daily limit set by the World Health Organization (WHO) in Quebec. In 2009, the threshold was exceeded on 254 days.


This is the proportion of 25-34 year olds who had a post-secondary degree in Quebec in 2021. This proportion was 72% in 2006.

“The socio-economic background of high school students, among other things, continues to be associated with their graduation. Although this inequality of opportunity persists, it has narrowed over the past decade. In addition, the proportion of 24-35 year-olds with a post-secondary degree has increased and the life expectancy of the population has increased, two signs that human capital is growing,” the institute writes.

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