High school dropout rates falling, reports StatsCan

November 3, 2010

According to new Statistics Canada data, high school dropout rates in the country have been falling since 1990-91, when nearly 16.6% of young people had not completed a high school diploma and were not currently enrolled in school. The largest declines happened during the 1990s. By 2000-01, the rate had dropped to 11.1%. Decreases in the last decade were more gradual. By 2009-10, the dropout rate fell to 8.5%. During the deepest part of the recent recession in 2008-09, nearly one in 4 dropouts aged 20 to 24 were unemployed. Statistics Canada