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2006 Census: Educational Portrait of Canada, 2006 Census: National picture

Young adults more highly educated than their older counterparts

Census data showed that young adults had a higher level of educational attainment than their older counterparts. About 29% of young adults aged 25 to 34 had a university degree in 2006, well above the proportion of 18% among adults aged 55 to 64, the group approaching retirement age.

Similarly, 23% of young adults aged 25 to 34 had a college diploma, compared to 16% of their 55 to 64 year-old counterparts.

Rising educational attainment among young adults was also reflected in a decline in the proportion which had not completed high school and had no further education. In 2006, 11% of all young adults aged 25 to 34 had no formal educational credentials. This was less than half the proportion of 23% among adults aged between 55 and 64.

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