HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION RATES MUCH LOWER IN NORTHERN CANADA THAN IN THE SOUTH

OTTAWA, Aug. 26 /CNW/ - In some regions of Northern Canada, almost half of all adults have not completed high school, compared to one in 12 in Southern Canada, according to the Centre for the North's "High School Confidential" map, the third in The Conference Board of Canada's Here, the North series.

"There is a growing consensus that high school completion is linked to future opportunity. People without high school diplomas have fewer job opportunities, employment stability, and lower future earnings potential," said Gilles Rheaume, Vice-President, Public Policy of The Conference Board of Canada.

Northern Saskatchewan, Nunavut, and Northern Manitoba have the highest rates of adults without a high school diploma. Over 40 per cent of adults between the ages of 25 and 64 in each of these regions have not graduated.

The Centre for the North is a Conference Board of Canada program of research and dialogue. Its main purpose is to work with Aboriginal leaders, businesses, governments, communities, educational institutions, and other organizations to achieve a shared vision of sustainable prosperity in the North. Over its five-year mandate, the Centre for the North will help to establish and implement strategies, policies and practices to transform that vision into reality.


 


SOURCE Conference Board of Canada

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Brent Dowdall, Media Relations, Tel.: 613- 526-3090 ext.  448
E-mail: corpcomm@conferenceboard.ca


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