About Literacy



Almost 50% of Canadian adults can’t work well with words and numbers.

Learning disabilities affect at least 10% of Canadians. More than 80% of these experience difficulty in learning to read.

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 majority of these are seniors, 65 and older.

The unemployment rate for people at the lowest literacy level is 26%, compared with 4% for those at the highest literacy levels. 



Literacy levels are lower in Niagara compared to the provincial average.