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Education Matters: Insights on education, learning and training in Canada

February 2006, volume 2 number 5

Literacy skills among Canada's immigrant population

A growing proportion of Canada's newest immigrants speak a language other than English or French most often at home; immigrants will also account for virtually all of the net growth in the labour force in Canada over the coming decade. The proficiency of individuals in prose, numeracy and problem solving is clearly linked to their labour market outcomes. Find out how the immigrant population compares to individuals born in Canada on literacy tests taken in either of Canada's two official languages.

Census at School: Engaging students in statistics

Learn how Census at School, an international classroom project in which Statistics Canada participates, teaches students aged 8 to 18 about statistical enquiry and census-taking. Students anonymously fill in an online questionnaire about themselves - their height, time use, reading and eating habits, and much more - and then use the results to learn statistical concepts, analyze data and explore social issues.

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Visible minority immigrant students are considerably more likely to have university aspirations than Canadian-born non-visible minority students...

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