Employ English Speaking Black Communities (ESBC) is an initiative by the Black Community Resource Centre (BCRC) and Community Economic Development and Employability Corporation (CEDEC). EmployESBC’s goal is to match English-speaking Black Quebecers with employers needing to fill forward-looking quality positions in:
- Administration publique
CEDEC and the BCRC work with Sobeys, The English Montreal School Board and Una Buro as Venture partners for this initiative.
Mission: To provide immediate employment for English-speaking Black talent that can be placed in available jobs in the Greater Montreal Area.
Vision: To allow employers who want to take advantage of untapped English-speaking Black talent, to diversify their teams and fill positions within their organizations.
► The Black struggle in Canada has been, unlike most other immigrants, one in which the Black community has occupied the bottom rungs of all the various layers: search for an identity; search for a sense of belonging, equal access, representation, participation, etc.
► According to the 2016 Canadian Census the unemployment rate of the English-Speaking Black Community (ESBC) was 13.5% but the total population was 7.2%.
► With the same educational attainment, members of the Black community in Quebec are significantly more likely to be unemployed and have a significantly lower median income.
► 2000 and 2016 employment and education data from Census Canada shows that whether a Black person was born here or outside of Canada and came here; whether the person has a degree, a certificate, a diploma, a trade or none of the above; whether the person is young or old, male or female that he or she would be more likely than a White person to have lived out his or her life exposed to low incomes, and unemployment.