• ACS: Attestation of Collegial Studies
  • AVS: Attestation of Vocational Specialization
  • CMA: Census metropolitan area
  • DCS: Diploma of collegial studies
  • DSS: Diploma of Secondary Studies
  • DVS: Diploma of Vocational Studies
  • ICT : Information and communications technology
  • LFS: Labor Force Survey
  • LMI: Labor market information
  • MEES: Ministère de l’Éducation et de l'Enseignement supérieur
  • NAICS: North American Industry Classification System
  • NOC: National Occupational Classification
  • NP: Not published
  • STC: Skills Training Certificate
  • VTT: Vocational and technical training

Administrative region

Regional division that serves as a basis for government department and agency activities.
Québec has 17 administrative regions.
See also Economic region


Overall capacity to acquire the skills needed to perform the work of a given occupation.
In the Main characteristics of the occupation section on LMI Online, aptitudes are designated by codes made up of a letter and a digit. Each of the letters corresponds to one of the nine factors defined below. The numbers 1 to 5 are used to establish correlations with aptitude test results.
The Career Handbook (National Occupational Classification) describes aptitudes using a scale based on the normal curve representing the Canadian labour force. According to this scale, 1 indicates the level of aptitude that applies to the top 10 percent of the working population. The Aptitudes Scale is based on the General Aptitude Test Battery (GATB).

  1. Top 10% of the working population
  2. Upper third, excluding the top 10%
  3. Middle third of the working population
  4. Lower third, excluding the bottom 10%
  5. Bottom 10% of the working population

The following factors are used to determine the aptitudinal profile needed to perform the work of an occupation:

General Learning Ability (G)

  • Ability to “catch on” or understand instructions and underlying principles.
  • Ability to reason and make judgments

Verbal Ability (V)

  • Ability to understand the meaning of words and the ideas associated with them and to use them effectively.
  • Ability to comprehend language, to understand relationships between words and to understand the meaning of whole sentences and paragraphs.
  • Ability to present information and express ideas clearly.

Numerical Ability (N)

Ability to carry out arithmetical processes quickly and accurately.

Spatial Perception (S)

Ability to think visually about geometric forms and comprehend the two-dimensional representation of three-dimensional objects.
Ability to recognize the relationships resulting from the movement of objects in space. May be used in such tasks as blueprint reading and in solving geometry problems. Frequently described as the ability to “visualize” objects of two or three dimensions.

Form Perception (P)

Ability to perceive pertinent detail in objects and in pictorial and graphic material.
Ability to make visual comparisons and discriminations, and to see slight differences in shapes and shadings of figures and widths and lengths of lines.

Clerical Perception (Q)

Ability to perceive pertinent detail in verbal or tabular material.
Ability to observe differences in a copy, to proofread words and numbers, and to avoid perceptual errors in arithmetical computations.

Motor Coordination (K)

Ability to co-ordinate eyes, hands, and fingers rapidly and accurately when required to respond with precise movements.

Finger Dexterity (F)

Ability to move the fingers and manipulate small objects with the fingers rapidly and/or accurately.

Manual Dexterity (M)

Ability to move the hands easily and skilfully.
Ability to work with the hands in placing and turning motions.


Group of people who pool their expertise and activities for a reason other than to share profit.
The list of associations presented in LMI Online is not exhaustive.

Attestation of Collegial Studies (ACS)

Certificate attesting to the successful completion of a cégep (general and vocational college) program of variable duration.

Attestation of Vocational Specialization (AVS)

Certificate attesting to the completion of training in a more specialized field of expertise than that covered by a vocational studies diploma.

Annual employment income

Median annual employment income earned by workers holding full-time jobs (30 hours or more per week for 49 weeks or more) in a given occupation or sector, regardless of the number of years of experience and number of hours worked per week.

The term “median” refers to the value that divides the employed population into two equal parts, one with an annual employment income lower than the median and the other with an annual employment income higher than the median.

Annual employment income comprises wages and salaries paid before deductions.

It is important to remember that annual employment income is a median value. Entry-level income for an occupation is generally lower.

The annual employment income figure is that for 2015. It comes from Statistics Canada’s 2016 Census (the most recent source available for all occupations, across Québec).

Average annual occupational growth

In LMI Online, an increase in the number of people employed in a given sector of activity, expressed as an average annual figure taken over multiple years.
When used by Emploi-Québec in reference to sector-based job prospects, annual growth is calculated over a five-year period, then apportioned equally to each year. An average annual growth rate of 2.2% means that the sector is growing at an average of 2.2% per year.

Average gross weekly full-time income

In the Relance Survey of Graduates, the average gross weekly income earned by graduates working full time and who are not self-employed, on the basis of a regular work week.