Adult Literacy and Life Skills (ALL) Survey, 2005

  • In Canada, 42% of adults need some help with reading and writing, 50% need help with numeracy, and 68% need help with problem-solving.
  • Since 1994, the average Canadian’s literacy skills have not improved significantly (compare to IALS statistics below). The Stats Can study shows a slight improvement in the skills of adults working at the lowest level.

For more details on the ALL Survey, go to

Literacy is not an all-or-nothing concept. Literacy is a range of abilities to communicate, think critically and make decisions in the different situations people encounter in their lives (OLC Literacy Facts).

Literacy impacts every part of life including health, work opportunities, ability to earn adequate income, and taking part in the community.

Literacy skills, like muscles, are maintained and strengthened through regular use.
Research shows that reading to children more than once a day has a substantial impact on their future academic skills.

You can find more information on literacy on these sites: