Among the provinces, Newfoundland and Labrador had the lowest share of adults aged 25 to 64 with a university degree, and the highest proportion of adults who did not have a high school diploma.
Only 14% of the adult population were university graduates in 2006, well below the national average of 23%. More than one-quarter (26%) had not finished high school, well above the national average of 15%.
About 22% of the province's adult population had a college diploma, while 20% had a high school diploma. However, 15% of Newfoundland and Labrador's population aged 25 to 64 had a trades certificate as their highest level of educational attainment. This proportion is the second highest among the provinces, behind Quebec.
More than one-third (37%) of its population of older adults aged 55 to 64 had not completed their high school. However, this proportion fell to only 15% among young adults aged 25 to 34, the widest gap among the provinces and territories. Even with such a reduction, this proportion was still higher than the national average of 11%.
The vast majority (86%) of postsecondary graduates obtained their certificate, diploma or degree in Newfoundland and Labrador. This proportion is second only to Quebec.