Geographical distribution of Adult Literacy Skills in Canada based on local area estimates (2007)

This report provides maps of adult literacy skills for each of Canada’s provinces and territories and for its three largest cities, based on data from the 2001 Canadian Census, and from the 2003 International Adult Literacy and Skills Survey (IALSS), conducted by Statistics Canada and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

The first section of the report outlines the mapping technique used for the project. Developed by the Canadian Research Institute for Social Policy (CRISP), the mapping technique’s aim is to estimate a score for an outcome variable for all Canadian citizens, based on the best available information for each individual, and then display the resulting scores on provincial or local area maps.

In the second section, the authors explain the five literacy levels, while in the third section, they provide pointers for interpreting the maps.

The report uses three basic types of maps; maps showing the percentage of adults at particular levels of prose literacy; maps showing the number of adults at each level of prose literacy; and maps showing average scores on the prose literacy test.

This work represents the first attempt to map social outcomes on a large scale using Statistics Canada’s survey data, the authors note. It opens up possibilities for using data to map other social outcomes, including those related to health and early childhood.

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J. Douglas Willms, Richard Chan and Teresa Tang. Geographical distribution of Adult Literacy Skills in Canada based on local area estimates 2007. Web. 5 Dec. 2020 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/hrsdc/geographic/geographic.pdf>
J. Douglas Willms, Richard Chan & Teresa Tang (2007). Geographical distribution of Adult Literacy Skills in Canada based on local area estimates. Retrieved December 5, 2020, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/hrsdc/geographic/geographic.pdf
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