Low high-school completion acute among francophone Quebecers, Aboriginal youth

October 22, 2009

A new report from the C.D. Howe Institute concludes that high-school dropout rates in Canada are, in many cases, high, and are costly to society. The problem is particularly acute among Aboriginal individuals and francophone Quebecers. The report found Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Newfoundland, and Alberta have higher dropout rates among youth aged 20 to 24 than do Quebec francophones. The major factor underlying the high dropout rates in the Prairies is the concentration of Aboriginal people and their low high-school completion rate. A range of potential interventions outlined in the report include campaigns to shift cultural attitudes towards education, investment in early childhood and early primary school programing, and major institutional reform of on-reserve school administration. C.D. Howe Institute News Release | Read the full report