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2006 Census: Educational Portrait of Canada, 2006 Census: Provincial and territorial highlights

Nunavut: Nearly half of the adult population did not have a high school diploma

About 46% of Nunavut's adult population aged 25 to 64 had not completed high school in 2006, well above the national average of 15%. Only 10% had a high school diploma as their highest level of educational attainment, which was also well off the national average of 24%.

About 13% of the adult population had a university degree, 19% had a college diploma and 9% had a trades certificate.

Older adults aged between 45 and 54 had the highest levels of educational attainment in the territory. Nearly one-half (49%) of the adults in this age group were postsecondary graduates, compared with only 44% for the adult population aged between 25 and 64.

Among university graduates in Nunavut, one in three had a degree in Education. Also, one-third (35%) of adults with a trades certificate were qualified in Construction Trades, the highest proportion of all provinces and territories.

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