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StatsCan: 20 per cent of teenagers not pursuing education

Number of Canadian teenagers not in school 5 per cent higher than world average


As youth across the country head back to school today, a report by the Canadian Education Statistics Council and Statistics Canada suggests one in five Canadian teenagers were not pursuing a formal education in 2008. According to the report, about 20 per cent of teens between 15 and 19 years old were not attending school. Percentages varied from province to province, and estimates for rates in the territories ranged from 25 to 34 per cent. The percentage of Canadian teens not in school was higher than the world average of 15 per cent, recorded by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, a group made up of 31 countries. The report also confirmed that employment and earnings prospects “increase strongly” with higher education: in 2008, the employment rate for Canadians aged 25 to 64 who had not completed high school was 58 per cent, compared to 83 per cent of college and university graduates.

Vancouver Sun

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StatsCan: 20 per cent of teenagers not pursuing education

  1. Or, if we decide to apply a little perspective we might instead say "Canadian dropout rate falling rapidly"*:

    % of Canadians with no degree in 1991: ~17%
    % of Canadians with no degree in 2004: ~9.7%

    *The statscan source is looking at the % of 20-24 year olds that are high school graduates, which is different than the % of teenagers in school, since some teenagers complete school at a slightly later age (making % of teenagers in school a vastly less informative statistic).

    • Degree is different from high school diploma.

      Incidentally, here's a link that's a little newer, rather than from 2005:

      If you look at the highlights, it points out what the article noted (fewer kids in high school) but that they tend to be employed.. basically pointing out that if kids can get good paying jobs (such as, say, up in Fort Mac) they'll drop out of school to go do that.

  2. Is this an example of the sort of information that can only be collected using data from the long-form census?

    • No. We know the number of teenagers from the short-form census and the department of education can easily track the number of high school students/graduates. However, the census may be the only way to get accurate data at the local level.