Socio-economic conditions affect education and skills in Canada's territories

October 22, 2014

Canada’s territories are falling behind the provinces in the areas of education and skills performance, according to a new Conference Board of Canada report on education and skills performance in the territories. The report identifies significant attainment differences between the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal populations in the territories, and notes that “socio-economic conditions and cultural factors” have a strong influence on education levels. The report also indicates that available data on adult skills in the territories is limited, and that many traditional skills practiced by Aboriginal peoples in the North are not accurately measured by international assessments or by Statistics Canada surveys. Further, the report indicates that critical infrastructure issues further impede the delivery of education services. Yukon is leading the territories in high school, university, college, and apprenticeship attainment, and has the highest concentration of college graduates aged 25 to 64 in Canada, with 24% of the territory's working-age population having a college diploma. Conference Board News Release | Full Report