Canadian adults above average in problem-solving skills

October 8, 2013

A new international survey on adult competencies led by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) reports that Canadian adults aged 16 to 65 have above average problem-solving skills in technology-rich environments. The data are the first results from the OECD’s Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), which also measured literacy and numeracy skills. Canada's performance in literacy is similar to the OECD average of 273 points. In numeracy, Canada is below average among those surveyed, at 265 points. 37% of Canadians scored at the top 2 levels on the scale in problem solving in technology-rich environments, which is above the OECD average of 34%. Statistics Canada Daily | OECD Survey Page