Statistics Canada’s PIAAC Reports
Date posted: May 26, 2016
Statistics Canada has released its third report further analyzing the Canadian data from the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult competencies (PIAAC).
Key findings from Literacy and numeracy among off-reserve First Nations people and Métis include:
• Off-reserve First Nations and Métis adults have lower literacy and numeracy scores than non-Aboriginal adults. For example, just over one-third (35%) of off-reserve First Nations people and 50% of Métis aged 25 to 65 had higher literacy scores (level 3 or higher), compared with 57% among non-Aboriginal adults.
• For off-reserve First Nations, Métis and non-Aboriginal adults, a higher level of education was associated with higher literacy and numeracy skills. Among those with a university degree, however, the proportion of off-reserve First Nations adults with higher skills remained lower than that of non-Aboriginal adults.
• Among those who had higher literacy skills (level 3 or higher), off-reserve First Nations adults aged 25 to 54 had a 75% probability to be employed, compared with 87% among Métis adults and 91% among non-Aboriginal adults.
• Non-Aboriginal adults aged 25 to 54 with lower literacy skills (level 2 or lower) were more likely to be employed than off-reserve First Nations adults with higher skills (level 3 or higher), even after accounting for other factors related to the probability of employment.
• Among those who were employed, off-reserve First Nations and Métis workers who had higher skill levels were as likely as their non-Aboriginal counterparts to work in a managerial or professional occupation.
To read Brigid Hayes’ comments on this report as well as the previous two analyses, read Statistics Canada’s Insight Reports on Literacy Skills.