Adelle Blackett: Race and Discrimination in the Quebec Labour Force

In 2016, Canadian-born black Quebecers faced a 13.4 percent unemployment rate, Canadian-born Arab-Quebecers a 14.5 percent rate, and those who don't identify as visible minorities a 6.6 percent rate. In “Facing Race,” a special edition of “The Current” produced by CBC on 9 March 2018 in Montréal, 2016 Foundation fellow Adelle Blackett and her co-panelists Dania Suleman and Philippe-André Tessier addressed the many tropes and challenges around race and discrimination in the Quebec labour market. For instance, Blackett argued that there is a need to move beyond the belief that a lack of language skills explains higher unemployment rates in immigrant or visible minority communities in Quebec. On the province’s Human Rights Commission, she further noted that there was a need to move beyond serving the “aesthetics of equity” to attain “real critical mass in the institutions that matter” to see a substantive decrease in racial discrimination in employment.


Adelle Blackett is a 2016 Trudeau fellow, professor of law and William Dawson scholar at McGill University, and Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Transnational Labour Law and Development.

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Adelle Blackett

  • Fellow 2016
  • Alumni
Drawing on her scholarship on and advocacy for social justice, notably domestic and migrant workers' rights, Professor Adelle Blackett will…