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Education, Literacy

world standards, Statistics Canada, adult population, elderly, inability

By world standards, Canada has a high literacy rate. Complete illiteracy—the inability to read or write at all in any language—is very rare in Canada, at just 3 percent of the adult population. However, there is a greater level of functional illiteracy—the inability to read well or to understand what is read. According to a survey conducted in 1989 by Statistics Canada, about 16 percent of adult Canadians find it very difficult to read a simple printed text. Another 22 percent can read but tend to avoid it. A 1994 study showed slightly worse results. Illiteracy is more likely to be found among the elderly and poor of Canada. Programs to combat illiteracy are offered by the National Literacy Secretariat, which promotes and supports organizations dedicated to adult literacy training.



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