OECD Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies: PIAAC in Canada – Slide Presentation (2013)

This document is housed on the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC) server.

The Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), an initiative of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), offers internationally comparable measures of literacy, numeracy, and problem solving in technology-rich environments (PS-TRE). This slide presentation provides a look at how Canadians fared in the survey.

The results show that Canada performs at the OECD average in literacy and below the OECD average in numeracy. Canada’s overall performance across the three domains compares favourably to that of many other OECD countries.

Canadians are among those most equipped with the new skills demanded in the 21st century, with more than 80 percent of Canadians able to complete the computer-based assessment. Canadians are more likely than the OECD average to have higher levels of proficiency in the new PS-TRE domain.

The OECD observes that the variation in proficiency between the adult populations in participating countries is relatively small, and the same is true of provinces within Canada. The difference between the performance of people from different backgrounds within jurisdictions is much larger than the difference between jurisdictions themselves.

Canada has a higher than average proportion of its population at both the high and low ends of the proficiency scales. In technology-rich environments, the challenges facing those with lower proficiency in literacy and numeracy contribute to the “digital divide.”

The presentation also includes information about the performance of immigrants, Aboriginal people, and young adults, and about skills in the labour force.

The presentation was prepared by the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC), which served with Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) as the lead sponsors of PIAAC in Canada.

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Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC). OECD Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies: PIAAC in Canada – Slide Presentation 2013. Web. 29 Sep. 2020 <http://www.piaac.ca/docs/PIAAC2013/web_deck_of_findings.EN.pdf>
Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC) (2013). OECD Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies: PIAAC in Canada – Slide Presentation. Retrieved September 29, 2020, from http://www.piaac.ca/docs/PIAAC2013/web_deck_of_findings.EN.pdf
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