Authors: Edmonton Social Planning Council
Collection: Research Materials
This fact sheet brings together information from a variety of sources to provide a snapshot of literacy in Canada generally and in Alberta in particular.
The authors note that while Alberta teenagers tend to score better on tests of literacy skills than their counterparts in other parts of Canada, such skills can only be retained in adulthood if they are used regularly in the home, workplace and community.
Literacy is a predictor of economic success, the authors point out. However, the benefits of higher literacy rates are more than simply economic, with studies linking higher literacy rates to better physical and mental health.
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