Vital Signs report highlights youth unemployment, high school non-completion

October 5, 2011

According to Canada's Vital Signs 2011, the Community Foundations of Canada's annual report card on quality of life, in 2010, the youth unemployment rate was 16% (down to 14.7% in the first half of 2011), compared to the OECD average of 20%. However, the riots in England this past summer demonstrate the impact of disengaged youth, the report notes. While Canadian youth are faring better than those in other industrialized nations, "we need to pay attention to the long-term implications of our unemployment gap and to what might happen if it were to grow if our economy continues to waver." The report states that in 2010, 20.2% of Canadians aged 15 and over had not completed secondary school, down from 37.8% in 1990, the first year from which comparable data are available. This represents a 46.6% decrease. Community Foundations of Canada News Release | Vital Signs 2011