Well-being of youth not in employment, education or training in Canada, 2015 to 2017

Release date: February 21, 2020
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Well-being of youth not in employment, education or training in Canada, 2015 to 2017

Youth not in employment, education or training (NEET) includes those aged 18 to 29 who were not working or enrolled in school during the reference week.  

11.1% of Canadian youth (aged 18 to 29) were identified as NEET.

Among these youth:

  • 38.0% Looking for paid work
  • 27.5% Caring for children
  • 34.5% Other activities*
    *Were primarily engaged in another activity, such as housework, volunteering or caregiving (other than child care), or had a long-term illness.

Youth NEET were less likely to report positive health or life satisfaction.


Table 1
Table summary
This table displays the results of Table 1 Youth NEET and Other youth (appearing as column headers).
Youth NEET Other youth
Very good or excellent physical health 55.9% 72.0%
Very good or excellent mental health 61.4% 69.6%
Very satisfied with life 33.2% 39.7%

Youth NEET were more likely to report mood or anxiety disorders.


Table 2
Table summary
This table displays the results of Table 2 Youth NEET and Other youth (appearing as column headers).
Youth NEET Other youth
Mood disorders 16.8% 7.5%
Anxiety disorders 20.1% 10.5%

Life satisfaction of Youth NEET varied by activity. Those looking for paid work were least likely to be very satisfied with their lives.


Table 3
Table summary
This table displays the results of Table 3 Youth NEET and Other youth, calculated using Looking for paid work, Caring for children and Other activities units of measure (appearing as column headers).
Youth NEET Other youth
Looking for paid work Caring for children Other activities
Very satisfied with life 23.3% 45.4% 34.6% 39.7%

Source: Davidson, J., & Arim, R. (2019, November). A profile of youth not in employment, education or training (NEET) in Canada, 2015 to 2017. Statistics Canada catalogue no. 11F0019M No. 432.

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