Almost half of Canadian adults are struggling with literacy, and that is bad for the economy.
There are financial and democratic implications for lower skill sets in reading and writing. Experts say the gap is partly due to an abundance of previous jobs that do not require reading comprehension to be used daily. One reason for lower literacy rates, economists say, is Canada’s resource-based economy.
In the international skills assessment, countries that score higher than Canada include Japan, Australia, Sweden, Finland and Holland. The lowest category of literacy includes new Canadians with a language other than English or French.