Half of Canadians in urban centres struggling with poor literacy skills

New report claims the figure isn’t expected to change over next 20 years

A new report released by the Canadian Council on Learning (CCL) claims 48 per cent of Canadian adults in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Ottawa have poor literacy skills, a figure that’s unlikely to change over the next 20 years. According the CCL, having a low literacy level means adults will have “difficulty reading, understanding and functioning effectively with written material.” The report concludes that the proportion of Canadians who struggle with written materials will be roughly the same in 2031—at 47 per cent. In raw numbers, the report’s projections show that 15 million adult Canadians will have a low literacy level in 2031—a 25% increase from 30 years previous.

Canadian Council on Learning

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