According to a recent report by the Institut de la statistique du Québec (ISQ), households in Mauricie and Centre-du-Québec have more children on average than elsewhere in the province.
According to the organization, the average number of children per woman in Quebec is 1.58. Centre-du-Québec, however, is just behind Nord-du-Québec and Abitibi-Témiscamingue in the standings, with an average of 1.94. De Mauricie has 1.70 children per woman.
“Large cities often have lower fertility rates, especially because women will spend longer in school,” explains Anne Binette-Charbonneau, a demographer at the ISQ. She takes the example of Montreal and Laval, which are below average, where women regularly invest in their jobs later than in the regions.
Also, unlike most other regions, the Mauricie did not experience a decline in fertility in 2020, in addition to an increase in this index in 2021.
The effects are already being felt. In the Center Resources Naissance, in Trois-Rivières, home care is a great success. It was developed during the pandemic to provide respite for parents who need it.
Yanick Lefebvre is one of the parents who asked for help. He is a single parent, with physical limitations. While he waits for his one-and-a-half-year-old daughter to get a place in daycare, he is paired up with a companion who offers him a host of services.
“It’s just as much taking care of the baby, doing chores around the house that they don’t have much time for because of the baby,” says Luce Desrochers, Birth Resource Center supervisor. She is already linked to a new family that just had twin girls.
The general manager of the non-profit association, Louise Laporte, testifies to the growing needs. “We had 82 families who got the help [dans la première année du service]Ms Laporte reported. We always have more and more requests. Only this week I had five.
The waiting lists for a place in CPE are getting longer. Some service points currently have more than 1,500 names, just for Trois-Rivières.
“I think we reached an unprecedented peak there. We said to ourselves “it is imperative to proceed with the opening of targeted projects of the Ministry of Family”, and therefore propose a development of 81 places in Parc Pie-XII”, said the Director General of the CPE universe of Mamuse and Méduque in Trois-Rivières.
mme Trudel is hopeful that with the new places being created, the situation will improve over time.
Reinforcements are on their way, but not for now. The number of registrations for the Diploma of Collegial Studies (DEC) in Childhood Education at Collège Laflèche for next fall has more than doubled.
“If you want to create places, you need people to work. It is a period of three years, but you have to understand that there are also students who finish each year who come to weigh up this lack of manpower a bit,” says the internship coordinator. and teacher at Collège Laflèche, Annik Côté Drew. The location also has a more intensive DEC, for which the training is given in two years instead of three. In addition, an Attestation of Collegial Studies (AEC) is now available for those seeking a faster education.
School service centers are not worried. In Energy, according to the projections of the Ministry of Education, the largest arrival of students, all levels together, will take place in the year 2029-2030, in the number of 521 young people spread over about thirty institutions. In Chemin-du-Roy, the forecasts do not indicate an increase in the number of pupils in nursery and primary schools in the coming years. Yet the management is prepared for any eventuality.