Highlights from the 2012 Education Indicators in Canada

September 11, 2012

According to this year's "Education Indicators in Canada: An International Perspective," in 2010, 92% of 25- to 34-year-old Canadians had completed at least a high school education, compared to 82% for those aged 55 to 64. These rates were higher than the OECD average, where 82% of 25- to 34-year-olds and 62% of 55- to 64-year-olds had at least a high school education. 26% of 25- to 64-year-old Canadians had completed a university education, higher than the OECD average of 22%. The employment rate for 25- to 64-year-old Canadians who had completed college or university programs was 81% in 2010, compared to 72% for those who completed high school and 55% for those who had not completed secondary school. Nearly 14% of 15- to 29-year-old Canadians were considered to be in the "NEET" group -- people who were not in employment, education, or training. Young Canadians with a college or university education were less likely to be in the NEET group (about 10%). In 2008 Canada devoted just over 6% of its GDP to educational institutions, about the same as the OECD overall. About 40% of that share of GDP in Canada was spent on PSE, the highest such allocation among OECD nations. CMEC News Release | Statistics Canada | Education at a Glance 2012