Overview of literacy statistics

Several surveys have been conducted to measure literacy rates:

  • The first International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS) was carried out in 1994 in more than twenty countries, including Canada.
  • The Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey (ALL), carried out in 2003, (Canada, Bermuda, Mexico, USA, Norway and Switzerland) is an international comparative study.
  • The International Adult Literacy and Skills Survey (IALSS) is the Canadian component of the ALL survey and measured proficiencies of the Canadian population in literacy, numeracy and problem-solving.
IALS IALSS
·      Conducted in 1994 ·      Conducted in 2003
·      Domains:

Prose

Document

Quantitative

 

·      Domains:

Prose

Document

Numeracy (modified)

Problem-solving

·      Participating regions:

Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario, Western Canada (including British Columbia)

·      Participating provinces:

All provinces and territories

·      In Canada 4500 respondents aged 16-65 representing 18,450, 260 adults ·      In Canada, 20,000 respondents aged 16-65 representing 21,360,683 adults