Youth attending school full time

The proportion of young adults going to school full time has levelled off

  • After significant increases throughout the 1980s and most of the 1990s, the proportion of youth aged 15 to 24 years attending school full time reached a peak of 58.1% in 1997, much higher than the 40.6% in 1976. For the last 10 years, the proportion of youth attending school full time has remained steady, from 56.0% to 57.6%. In 2007, 2.5 million youths were attending school full time, 56.6% of all 15- to 24-year-olds.

  • For the last decade, more young women have been attending school than young men. By 2007, 59.0% of 15- to 24-year-old women were attending school full time, compared with 54.4% of young men. Young women aged 20 to 24 were the only group to have an increase in their school attendance rate during the period from 1997 to 2007, from 35.3% to 37.8%, respectively.

Chart F.2
Proportion of youth attending school full time, by age, 1976 to 2007

Chart F.2 Proportion of youth attending school full time, by age, 1976 to 2007

Note: School months are an average of January to April and September to December.
Source: Statistics Canada, Labour Force Survey, CANSIM table 282-0005.

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