Canadians going to school in increasing numbers to learn, and earn, more



    TORONTO, Dec. 12 /CNW/ - Enrolment in postsecondary education continues
to rise, as job prospects and earning advantages increase for graduates. This
was one of many findings contained in a major report released today by
education ministers and Statistics Canada.
    Education Indicators in Canada: Report of the Pan-Canadian Education
Indicators Program is a comprehensive data compendium on the characteristics
and functioning of education systems in the provinces and territories. The
2007 report looks at key developments and emerging trends related to the
school-age population, the financing of education systems, and the
school-to- work transition. PCEIP 2007 is available on the Internet in its
entirety, free of charge (www.statcan.ca; www.cmec.ca), as well as in hard
copy from Statistics Canada.
    PCEIP 2007 is published by the Canadian Education Statistics Council
(CESC), a partnership between Statistics Canada and the Council of Ministers
of Education, Canada (CMEC).
    "Education is the most valuable asset that we as individuals,
communities, and governments can invest in," said Dr. Raymond Théberge, CMEC's
Director General. "The findings in this report underscore how education can
play a pivotal role in making Canada a place where we all want to live - a
country of social equity and mobility, as well as economic prosperity."
    "This report provides a wealth of information about education systems in
Canada for researchers, students and the public in general," said Dr. Ivan
Fellegi, Chief Statistician of Canada and federal co-chair of CESC.

    
    Other key findings of the report, PCEIP 2007, include

    -   The labour market and financial penalties for not completing high
        school are more pronounced than ever. The unemployment rate in 2006
        for high school dropouts (12%) was triple that of university
        graduates (4%). In the 50-to-54 age group, university-educated
        workers earned an average of $61,000, more than twice the earnings of
        workers with less than high school ($29,000).
    -   The size of the general school age population is declining, while the
        composition is increasingly diverse with a growing proportion of
        Aboriginal students.
    -   A significant gender gap in favour of girls and women persists on
        several fronts in education systems: achievement, enrolment,
        attainment, and employment as educators.
    -   Student access to and use of computers and the Internet is well
        established in Canada relative to other OECD countries. In 2003, the
        average number of students per school computer in OECD countries was
        15. Canada's average of six students per every school computer is
        among the most favourable. Eighty-nine per cent of 15-year-olds in
        Canada had a home Internet connection, ranking second after Sweden
        (90%).
    -   Growing numbers of students are juggling work and studies. In 2005-
        06, just over half of all students aged 17 to 29 were working while
        they attended school. At every age in this range, the percentage of
        students with jobs was higher in 2005-06 than in 1995-96. As well,
        more of their parents were working full-time in 2001 compared with 10
        years earlier.
    -   Greatest expansion in postsecondary education is in graduate studies,
        with a 32% increase in enrolment between 1994-95 and 2004-05. In
        undergraduate studies, enrolment increased 19% in the same period.
    -   Between 1994 and 2004, there was a 64% increase in registered
        apprentices, and completion rates rose 17%.
    -   In 2004, universities generated one third of all research and
        development (R&D) in Canada, worth $8.4 billion dollars. In all
        provinces, universities play a comparatively larger role in total R&D
        activity than do their counterparts in other G-7 countries (except
        Italy) and leading OECD countries.

    CMEC is an intergovernmental body composed of the ministers responsible
for elementary-secondary and advanced education from the provinces and
territories. Through CMEC, ministers share information and undertake projects
in areas of mutual interest and concern.

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For further information:

For further information: Hanca Chang, Media Relations, Council of
Ministers of Education, Canada, (416) 962-8100, ext. 265, h.chang@cmec.ca;
Client Services, Centre for Education Statistics, Statistics Canada,
1-800-307-3382, educationstats@statcan.ca, www.statisticscanada.ca

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