Report finds Canadians have positive attitude toward science

August 29, 2014

The Council of Canadian Academies (CCA) has released a new report entitled “Science Culture: Where Canada Stands,” outlining Canada’s support for science culture over the last 25 years. The report says that while Canadians do well in public science knowledge, attitudes, and engagement, there is room for improvement in areas including skill development. The report, produced by a 14-member expert panel, found that Canadians have the lowest level of reservation toward science among 17 countries considered, and ranked 9th in terms of attitudes regarding the promise of science. Apprehension about science has decreased since 1989, but skepticism about science’s ability to achieve social, environmental, and economic objectives has increased since 2004. 93% of Canadians surveyed as part of the report said that they were moderately or very interested in scientific discoveries and technological developments. 42% of Canadian respondents had sufficient knowledge to grasp basic scientific concepts and to understand media coverage of scientific issues. The report also found that 51% of those who hold degrees in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics are immigrants. CCA News Release | Report Summary