Western Canada’s workforce needs more diplomas, degrees (Guest commentary)

Geography, community context and culture account for fewer secondary and post-secondary grads in West

Although educational attainment in Western Canada has been rising in recent years, it still has a long way to go to catch up with other parts of Canada and some of our international competitors. The share of the labour force aged 25 to 54 with post-secondary credentials (certificate, diploma or higher) was about 56 per cent in Manitoba and Saskatchewan in 2007, compared with a national average of 65 per cent. This east-west gap creates real concerns for all Canadians.

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