Skills in Canada: First Results from the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) (2013)

This report presents the first results of the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), an initiative of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). PIAAC provides internationally comparable measures of literacy, numeracy, and problem solving in technology-rich environments (PS-TRE).

The report focuses on Canadians aged 16 to 65, and provides results for Canada as a whole, as well as for all the provinces and territories. In addition, it looks at the relationships between skills proficiency and a range of socio-demographic characteristics, including age, gender, and level of education. It also reports on the skills of Aboriginal populations, immigrants, and official-language minority communities.

Canada ranks at the OECD average in literacy, but has a larger proportion of its population at both the highest and lowest levels of literacy. It ranks below the OECD average in numeracy, and the proportion of Canadians at the lower level is greater than the OECD average. Canada ranks above the OECD average in PS-TRE, and is exceeded only by Sweden in the proportion of its population at the highest level of proficiency.

There are notable variations in scores across provinces and territories, in all three domains.

The Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC) and Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) have been the lead sponsors of PIAAC in Canada. Statistics Canada was responsible for administering the survey.

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ISBN: 
978-1-100-22678-1
Added: 
2013-10-10
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Statistics Canada, Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC) and Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC). Skills in Canada: First Results from the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) 2013. Web. 29 Sep. 2020 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/statistics_canada/piaac/piaac.pdf>
Statistics Canada, Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC) & Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) (2013). Skills in Canada: First Results from the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC). Retrieved September 29, 2020, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/statistics_canada/piaac/piaac.pdf
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