Canada West Foundation report says skills gap harming productivity in western Canada

June 3, 2015

According to the Canada West Foundation, 40% of employees in western Canada lack the essential language, literacy, and numeracy skills to remain globally competitive. For university graduates, the report shows that 30% lack essential skills; the number rises even higher, to 50%, for those who have not finished high school. Arguing that the education system has not kept up with demand for skills, the authors suggest that a combination of workplace training and a greater emphasis on skills in high school and PSE could help western Canada achieve significant productivity gains. Lethbridge Herald | Full Report