Publications

Skills Proficiency of Immigrants in Canada: Findings from the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC)

This report uses data from the Survey of Adult Skills conducted under the OECD Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) to look at skills and immigration in Canada. It examines the skill levels of recent and established immigrants in Canada and in an international context, and provides a detailed analysis of foundational skills relative to a variety of sociodemographic factors, such as age, gender, length of residency in Canada, and highest level of education completed, as well as immigration-specific factors, such as immigration category (refugee, family class, points system).

Categories: Adult Education, Assessment and evaluation, Education data and research

CMEC Reference Framework for Successful Student Transitions

At its 106th meeting, CMEC approved the CMEC Reference Framework for Successful Student Transitions and two accompanying tools: a self-assessment tool and action plan template. The Reference Framework reflects shared perspectives on transitions and signals the importance of the issue for CMEC. Each jurisdiction may use the elements that best suit its specific objectives and context. The draft assessment tool and action plan template are resources that can be used by provinces and territories, as well as the many stakeholders engaged in work to improve transitions, to gauge the development of initiatives and set out future plans within the context of the Reference Framework.

Categories: Indigenous Education, Access to Learning, Adult Education, Apprenticeship, At-risk students, Diversity, Education for sustainable development, Elementary and secondary education, Enrolment and graduation, Equity, Guidance and counselling, Learner transitions, Lifelong learning, Postsecondary education

In Focus: PIAAC in Canada – What is the role of education in developing literacy and numeracy skills in the territories?

Where do Canada's northern territories stand when it comes to proficiency in literacy and numeracy skills? The Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) goes a long way toward answering that question. Although previous studies have examined the determinants of literacy and numeracy of different groups within Canada, very few have specifically analyzed the populations of the country's northern territories — Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut. Here we look at literacy and numeracy results for the region, with the aim of identifying the key factors contributing to the development of these skills.

Categories: Indigenous Education, Adult Education, Assessment and evaluation, Education data and research

Postsecondary Education and Skills in Canada: Findings from the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC)

This report uses data from the Survey of Adult Skills conducted under the OECD Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) to look at postsecondary education and skills of Canadians. It examines the level of postsecondary attainment in Canada and in an international context, and provides a detailed analysis of the relationship between postsecondary education and foundational skills. It should be noted that Canada participated in the first round of the survey in 2011–12, along with 23 other countries, all but one of which were OECD Member countries. Nine additional countries, six of which were OECD Member countries, participated in a second round in 2014–15. The analysis in this report was completed before the release of the second-round data, so the international information presented in the report uses data from the first round only. As such, the relative position of Canadian results may be somewhat different in studies of postsecondary education that use data from both rounds of the survey.

Categories: Adult Education, Assessment and evaluation, Education data and research

Skills Matter: Further Results from the Survey of Adult Skills

This volume reports results from the 24 countries and regions that participated in the first round of the survey in 2011-12 (first published in OECD Skills Outlook 2013: First Results from the Survey of Adult Skills) and from the nine additional countries that participated in the second round in 2014-15 (Chile, Greece, Indonesia [Jakarta], Israel, Lithuania, New Zealand, Singapore, Slovenia and Turkey). It describes adults' proficiency in the three information-processing skills assessed, and examines how skills proficiency is related to labour market and social outcomes.

Categories: Adult Education, Assessment and evaluation, International Organizations and Meetings

Education Commission of the 38th Session of the UNESCO General Conference, Paris, France, November 4–7, 2015

This report contains the main outcomes of the 38th Session of the UNESCO General Conference held in November 2015, along with the interventions made by the Canadian delegation to the Education Commission. The 38th session focused on a variety of issues, including the commission's 2016–17 budget; the Education 2030 agenda; preparation of a global convention on the recognition of higher-education qualifications; and two recommendations: one on adult education and one on technical and vocational education and training.

Categories: Adult Education, Civic and Citizenship Education, Foreign credential recognition, Inclusive Education, International Organizations and Meetings, Lifelong learning, Technical and vocational education, Priorities and Goals in Education

Toolkit of Promising Practices that Assist in the Alignment of Skills and Education

This toolkit was envisioned by the education and provincial-territorial labour market Ministers at the Skills for the Future Symposium in July 2014, held in a response to a request from premiers through the Council of the Federation. The toolkit is an opportunity for sharing promising practices amongst provinces and territories and with the many stakeholders leading and supporting our education, training and employment programs.

Categories: Adult Education, Apprenticeship, Lifelong learning, Skills Training, Technical and vocational education

A Report on Education in Canada 1995

The ministers of education of all the provinces and territories prepared this first joint report on education in Canada to answer the question of how well elementary and secondary schools, colleges/technical institutes, and universities are preparing students for life, work, and the challenges of the future. The report is organized under three themes: accessibility, quality, and relevance.

Categories: Indigenous Education, Access to Learning, Adult Education, Assessment and evaluation, Elementary and secondary education, Enrolment and graduation, Equity, Literacy

Education Commission of the 37th Session of the UNESCO General Conference, Paris, France, November 7–9, 2013

This report contains the main outcomes of the 37th Session of the UNESCO General Conference held in November 2013, along with interventions by the Canadian delegation at the Education Commission. The 37th session focused on a variety of issues, including the 2014-17 budget for the commission, Education beyond 2015, the potential global standard-setting instrument on the recognition of higher-education qualifications, and the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development post-2014 – Global Action Programme.

Categories: Adult Education, Civic and Citizenship Education, Education data and research, Education for sustainable development, Foreign credential recognition, International Organizations and Meetings, Literacy, Technical and vocational education

Skills in Canada - First Results from the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC)

This report provides initial Canadian data from OECD's landmark study of skills, the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC). It offers results for Canada as a whole, as well as for individual provinces and territories. In addition, the report looks at the relationships between skills proficiency and a range of socio-demographic characteristics, and presents first results on the literacy, numeracy, and problem solving in technology-rich environments (PS-TRE) skills of Aboriginal populations, immigrants, and official-language minority communities.

Categories: Adult Education, Assessment and evaluation, International Organizations and Meetings