Literacy Facts

In Canada:

  • almost 50% of Canadian adults can’t work well with words and numbers
  • learning disabilities affect at least 10% of Canadians
  • children of parents who have not graduated from high school are twice as likely to live in poverty as those whose parents graduated
  • people with literacy problems have only 2/3 of the income of other adults
  • 48% of all Canadian adults fall into the lowest two reading levels
  • the unemployment rate for people at the lowest literacy level is 26%, compared with 4% for those at the highest literacy levels