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The Importance of Literacy

A startling fact about Literacy: Four out of 10 adult Canadians, age 16 to 65 – representing 9 million Canadians – struggle with low literacy. (Source: Canadian Council of Learning)

Here are three frightening reasons why your child needs to be a good reader:

  • 65% of prison inmates in Canada have limited literacy skills. (John Howard Society & Correctional Services Canada)
  • There is a direct correlation between income and literacy levels (UNESCO)
  • 33.6% of those who do not graduate High School receive income assistance (Canadian Council of Learning)

Did You Know ?

  • Of students with learning disabilities who receive special education services, 80-85% have their basic deficits in language and reading.
    Source: International Dyslexia Association

  • There is a direct correlation between income and literacy levels.
    Source: UNESCO

  • 33.6% of those who do not graduate from high school receive income assistance.
    Source: Canadian Council on Learning

  • “Of those individuals deemed to have difficulties learning to read, 90% of them are instructional casualties.”
    Source: Dr. G Reid Lyon

  • 35% of Canadian Prison System Inmates are literate. 65% have limited literacy skills.
    Source: John Howard Society

  • There is ample research evidence to demonstrate that the sight word or whole language approach is fully effective for less than a third of all students.
    Source: Learning Disabilities Lifelong Issues
  • Young children in structured, sequential, multisensory intervention programs who were also trained in phonemic awareness made significant gains in decoding skills. These multisensory approaches use direct, explicit teaching of letter sound relationships, syllable patterns, and meaning word parts. Studies in clinical settings showed similar results for a wide range of ages and abilities.
    Source: International Dyslexia Association

  • Four out of 10 adult Canadians, age 16 to 65 - representing 9 million Canadians - struggle with low literacy.
    Source: Statistics Canada 2005

  • 46% of Canadians aged 16 and over are estimated to fall below the international literacy standards for coping in a modern society. By 2031, it is estimated to move to 47%.
    Source: Canadian Council on Learning 2008

  • While the performance of the three western provinces is relatively better than in other regions of the country, four out of 10 people in those provinces still fall in the low-literacy range.
    Source: International Adult Literacy and Skills Survey (IALSS, 2005)

  • As you go across the country, the percentage of Canadians 16 and over with the lowest literacy skills range from 14 per cent to 24 per cent, with Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick and Quebec having the highest percentages. This position has persisted from 1994 statistics to these most recent 2003 statistics.
    Source: International Adult Literacy and Skills Survey (IALSS, 2005)

    These statistics were compiled for you by Beacon Literacy Inc. www.literacycanada.com

  • Though the majority of Canadian youth, age 16 to 25, attain the minimum level of literacy skills needed to cope with the demands of everyday life and work, anywhere from 18 percent to 38% of youth, depending upon the region of the country, do not attain that minimum proficiency.
    Source: International Adult Literacy and Skills Survey (IALSS,2005)

  • Sixty per cent of immigrants have low literacy, compared with 37% of native-born Canadians.
    Source: International Adult Literacy and Skills Survey (IALSS, 2005)

  • 20% of University graduates cannot make level three on the international literacy scales.
    Source: Canadian Council of Learning

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