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
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 , the agricultural production sectoral workforce committee’s website (French only).
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.
- Landscaping and grounds maintenance labourers
- Nursery and greenhouse workers
- Landscape and horticulture technicians and specialists
To find out more about this sector, visit HortiCompétences , 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.
- Fishing masters and officers
- Longshore workers
- Marine product processing labourers
- Deck and engine room crew
- Fishing vessel deckhands
- Seafood processing workers
- Self-Employed Fishers
To find out more about this sector, visit Pechesmaritimes , 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.
- Operators and attendants in amusement, recreation and sport
- Light duty cleaners
- Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations
To find out more about this sector, visit the Conseil québécois des ressources humaines en tourisme 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.
- Logging machinery operators
- Logging and forestry labourers
- Chain saw and skidder operators
- Silviculture and forestry workers
To find out more about this sector, visit ForêtCompétences , the forest management sectoral workforce committee website (French only).
To find employment in the forestry and logging sector, visit Québec emploi.
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 , the road transportation sectoral workforce committee’s website (French only).
To find employment in road transportation, visit Québec emploi.
Explore this sector’s trades on the Emplois d’avenir web site
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 page.
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 page.
Temporary foreign workers
You want to come work temporarily in Québec? See the Temporary workers 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.
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 page (French only) to get tips and to learn more about available programs.
Last update: May 25, 2021