Fort Erie compared to the rest of the Niagara Region:

  • Has the highest population proportion without a high school diploma.
  • Ranks 7th out of 12 in persons having trade certificates.
  • Ranks last in terms of the proportion of its population with a college diploma or certificate.
  • Has lower literacy skill levels among their 16-24 year olds.
  • Has lower literacy skill levels among their 25-54 age group.
  • Has higher literacy skill levels among their 65 plus age group.

Source:    Knafelc, Paul. Literacy Risk in the Niagara Region 2007
                   Statistics Canada. IALS 2003

Fort Erie compared to the Niagara Region, Ontario and Canada

Literacy Levels   Fort Erie   Niagara Region     Ontario     Canada
      Level 1       26.5 %          25.5 %       24.4 %       19.9 %
      Level 2       29.3 %          29.1 %       28.4 %       27.8 %
      Level 3       30.8 %          31.2 %       31.9 %       35.3 %
      Level 4/5       13.5 %          14.2 %       15.4 %       17.0 %

Level 1 Great difficulty reading, few basic skills and decoding strategies. Most are aware that they have a literacy problem.

Level 2 Reads, but not well and can only deal with material that is simple and clearly laid out. Generally they do not recognize their limitations.

Level 3 Basic skill level. Individuals may have difficulty with more complex tasks.

Level 4/5 High levels of literacy and can perform complex tasks using many strategies.

Literacy Risk in the Niagara Region 2007 
                     International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS) 2003

Useful Links

         ABC Canada
         ABC Canada Math Literacy
         Brock University
         District School Board of Niagara
         Fort Erie Public Library

         Independent Learning Centre
         Information Niagara
         Job Gym
         Town of Fort Erie

         Laubach Literacy Ontario
         Movement for Canadian Literacy
         National Adult Literacy Data Base
         Ontario Literacy Coalition
         Niagara Catholic District School Board
         Niagara College
         Niagara Employment News
         Niagara Workforce Planning Board



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