Description

In Québec, because of the climate and periods of increased activity, some jobs are seasonal, meaning they are available during the same periods every year. Thousands of seasonal jobs are offered everywhere in Québec. Many offer good or even excellent job prospects for the coming years. 

By clicking on the link for a trade featured on this page, you’ll access its detailed fact sheet in the Exploring Trades and Occupations page. 

Each fact sheet features the main duties of the trade, job prospects for your region, data about salaries, employment requirements and related training programs.

To extend your period of employment, you could, for instance, combine a winter job and a summer job.

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High demand sectors and trades

Agriculture

This sector includes all activities related to growing crops and raising livestock. In Québec, dairy is the main animal production, while grain corn farming is first in crop production.

Learn more about in-demand trades in this sector.

To find out more about this sector, you can visit Agricarrières This hyperlink will open in a new window., the agricultural production sectoral workforce committee’s website (French only).

To find employment in agriculture, visit Québec emploi or the Emploi agricole This hyperlink will open in a new window. (French only) website by the Union des producteurs agricoles (UPA).

Landscaping

This sector includes activities related to landscape maintenance or the planting of trees, bushes, plants, lawns or gardens.

Learn more about in-demand trades in this sector.

To find out more about this sector, visit HortiCompétences This hyperlink will open in a new window., the ornamental horticulture sectoral workforce committee’s website (French only).

To find employment in landscaping, visit Québec emploi.

Fisheries and fish and seafood processing

This sector includes activities related to capturing and processing fish, shellfish and crustaceans and other aquatic animals for commercial purposes. The fisheries are a highly important industry, especially for maritime regions like Côte-Nord and Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine. 

Learn more about seasonal trades that are in demand in this sector.

To find out more about this sector, visit Pechesmaritimes This hyperlink will open in a new window., the maritime fisheries sectoral workforce committee’s website (French only).

To find employment in the fisheries and aquatic product processing sector, visit Québec emploi.

Accommodation, food and recreation

This sector includes activities that consist in offering short term accommodations and complementary services, mainly to travellers and vacationers in installations such as hotels, motels or inns.

It also includes activities related to food and drink preparation at customers’ request, as well as services that allow customers to take part in sports or recreation or to enjoy pastimes or leisure activities.

To find out more about this sector, visit the Conseil québécois des ressources humaines en tourisme This hyperlink will open in a new window. website (French only).

To find employment in tourism, visit Québec emploi.

Forestry and logging

This sector includes activities related to the production and harvesting of wood. More specifically, logging consists in the various steps from cutting trees to transporting them to forest product transformation facilities.

To find out more about this sector, visit ForêtCompétences This hyperlink will open in a new window., the forest management sectoral workforce committee website (French only).

To find employment in the forestry and logging sector, visit Québec emploi.

Road Transportation

This sector includes activities that provide passenger and freight transportation services, warehousing of goods and transportation- and warehousing-related services.

To find out more about this sector, visit Camo-Route This hyperlink will open in a new window., the road transportation sectoral workforce committee’s website (French only).

To find employment in road transportation, visit Québec emploi.

Construction

Explore this sector’s trades on the Emplois d’avenir This hyperlink will open in a new window. web site

Seasonal workers

You’re a seasonal workers and you go through periods of unemployment? You could have access to short-term training courses and financial assistance to facilitate the transition between two periods of employment. See the Assistance for seasonal workers This hyperlink will open in a new window. page.

Students

Getting seasonal work during your studies is an excellent way to gain experience, to develop your skills and to develop your professional network. Get started by visiting the Student Employment This hyperlink will open in a new window. page.

Temporary foreign workers

You want to come work temporarily in Québec?  See the Temporary workers This hyperlink will open in a new window. page on the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration website.

Job search tips

To maximize your chances of quickly finding a job that suits you, you have to organize your job search. For help doing so, visit the Job search tips section.

Businesses

You’re a seasonal business or have seasonal activities? You could be eligible for financial assistance to help with recruiting, training and managing your human resources. Go to the Emploi saisonnier This hyperlink will open in a new window. page (French only) to get tips and to learn more about available programs.