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Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies, 2012

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Released: 2015-06-22

Data from the 2012 Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) are now available in CANSIM. PIAAC provides internationally comparable measures of three skills that are essential to processing information: literacy, numeracy, and problem-solving in technology-rich environments.

The data tables provide information on these skills for the Canadian population aged 16 to 65 as a whole, as well as for every province and territory.

In addition, data are available for a number of socio-demographic characteristics (such as age, gender, or level of education) and the literacy, numeracy and the problem-solving in technology-rich environments skills of Aboriginal populations, immigrants, and official-language minority communities.

Further information on the PIAAC data can be found in the October 8, 2013, release of The Daily.


The report, "Skills in Canada: First Results from the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC)," 2012 (Catalogue number89-555-X), is available from the Browse by key resource module of our website under Publications.

Additional tables are available on the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada website.

An international public use microdata file, which includes data for all participating Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies countries, is available on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) website.

The International Report published by the OECD is also available on the OECD website.

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