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  • Articles and reports: 81-595-M2023004
    Description: This fact sheet provides metrics on how young Canadians move from largely compulsory secondary education, into and through their postsecondary experiences and finally onto the labour market. It brings together the latest indicators that can provide insight into these pathways.
    Release date: 2023-07-28

  • Articles and reports: 81-599-X2022001
    Description:

    This fact sheet examines the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the NEET indicator by exploring monthly Labour Force Survey data, from 2019 to 2021, for youth in Canada and selected OECD countries aged 15 to 29. It explores the impact by age group, sex, province/territory and other characteristics.

    Release date: 2022-10-18

  • Articles and reports: 36-28-0001202200300003
    Description:

    From the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, there were widespread concerns about young people’s labour market prospects. This article describes the COVID-19 youth economic activity and health monitor (YEAH) project at University College London (UCL) in collaboration with Statistics Canada and other institutes in Europe, which is aimed to shed light on this area by examining the pandemic’s impacts on the dynamics of youth employment and well-being.

    Release date: 2022-03-23

  • Articles and reports: 42-28-0001202100100002
    Description:

    This chapter examines, using key indicators, how young Canadians are faring in the labour market. It examines the types of jobs they hold and the pay they receive, and provides information about which groups were doing well in 2019 before the pandemic. The chapter also makes comparisons with older Canadians, provides trends over the last four decades, and highlights some of the short-term consequences that COVID-19 has had on youth employment. When possible, labour market indicators are examined by sex, education and immigrant status.

    Release date: 2021-07-26

  • Stats in brief: 11-627-M2021059
    Description:

    This infographic presents information about the employment characteristics of Canadian youth. Information about employment such as wages, job permanency, as well as looking at these characteristics by level of education and comparing over time is also provided. Data are drawn from the Labour Force Survey, Survey of Work History and General Social Survey.

    Release date: 2021-07-26

  • Stats in brief: 11-001-X202120731623
    Description: Release published in The Daily – Statistics Canada’s official release bulletin
    Release date: 2021-07-26

  • Articles and reports: 75-006-X202100100003
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    This article examines the period of September to October 2020, which signalled the beginning of new school year and also the start of the second wave of COVID-19 in Canada. It illuminates the decisions that youth (and, in the case of secondary students, their parents) made about their schooling, and how the combination of these possibly difficult decisions, with the unprecedented drops in youth employment, affected the proportion of youth who were that youth not in employment, education or training - NEET.

    Release date: 2021-05-25

  • Stats in brief: 11-001-X202114522649
    Description: Release published in The Daily – Statistics Canada’s official release bulletin
    Release date: 2021-05-25

  • Articles and reports: 81-599-X2020001
    Description:

    This fact sheet examines the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the NEET indicator by exploring monthly Labour Force Survey data, from January 2020 to April 2020, for young Canadians aged 15 to 29. It explores the impact by age group, sex, province, educational attainment, and other characteristics.

    Release date: 2020-09-24

  • Stats in brief: 45-28-0001202000100063
    Description:

    The COVID-19 pandemic has already resulted in a considerable slowdown in economic activity in Canada. Young people have been hit particularly hard. This article presents estimates of the cumulative earnings losses in the first five years after graduation that this year's graduating class could experience, depending on the depth of the economic downturn. Specifically, five scenarios for this year's youth unemployment rate are examined.

    Release date: 2020-07-28
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  • Surveys and statistical programs – Documentation: 81-588-X
    Description:

    The Youth in Transition Survey (YITS) is a longitudinal survey designed to provide policy-relevant information about school-work transitions and factors influencing pathways. YITS will provide vehicle for future research and analysis of major transitions in young people's lives, particularly those between education, training and work. Information obtained from, and research based on, the survey will help clarify the nature and causes of short and long-term challenges young people face in school-work transitions and support policy planning and decision making to help prevent or remedy these problems.

    Objectives of the Youth in Transition Survey were developed after an extensive consultation with stakeholders with an interest in youth and school-work transitions. Content includes measurement of major transitions in young people's lives including virtually all formal educational experiences and most labour-market experiences. Factors influencing transitions are also included family background, school experiences, achievement, aspirations and expectations, and employment experiences.

    The implementation plan encompasses a longitudinal survey for each of two age cohorts, to be surveyed every two years. Data from a cohort entering at age 15 will permit analysis of long-term school-work transition patterns. Data from a cohort entering at ages18-20 will provide more immediate, policy-relevant information on young adults in the labour market.

    Cycle one for the cohort aged 15 will include information collected from youth, their parents, and school principals. The sample design is a school-based frame that allows the selection of schools, and then individuals within schools. This design will permit analysis of school effects, a research domain not currently addressed by other Statistics Canada surveys. Methods of data collection include a self-completed questionnaire for youth and school principals, a telephone interview with parents, and assessment of youth competency in reading, science and mathematics as using self-completed test booklets provided under the integration of YITS with the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). A pilot survey was conducted in April 1999 and the main survey took place in April-May 2000. Interviews were conducted with 30,000 students aged 15 from 1,000 schools in Canada. A telephone interview with parents of selected students took place in June 2000.

    The sample design for the cohort aged 18-20 is similar to that of the Labour-Force survey. The method of data collection is computer-assisted telephone interviewing. The pilot survey was conducted in January 1999. In January-February 2000, 23, 000 youth participated in the main survey data collection.

    Data from both cohorts is expected to be available in 2001. Following release of the first international report by the OECD/PISA project and the first national report, data will be publically available, permitting detailed exploration of content themes.

    Release date: 2001-04-11
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