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Dropouts: The Achilles' Heel of Canada's High-School System


  • John Richards

    (Simon Fraser University)


The high dropout rate among francophone Quebec students, particularly boys, has recently received considerable attention in that province. Media coverage has been extensive, indicating widespread public concern. However, the high-school dropout-rate problem is not restricted to Quebec. Based on the 2006 census, four provinces – Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Newfoundland and Alberta – have higher dropout rates among those aged 20 to 24 than do Quebec francophones.

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  • John Richards, 2009. "Dropouts: The Achilles' Heel of Canada's High-School System," C.D. Howe Institute Commentary, C.D. Howe Institute, issue 298, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:cdh:commen:298

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    1. Michael Smart, 2007. "Lessons in Harmony: What Experience in the Atlantic Provinces Shows About the Benefits of a Harmonized Sales Tax," C.D. Howe Institute Commentary, C.D. Howe Institute, issue 253, July.
    2. Robin Banerjee, 2007. "Deals on Wheels: An Analysis of the New Federal Auto Feebate," C.D. Howe Institute Backgrounder, C.D. Howe Institute, issue 108, November.
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    social policy; high school dropout rate;

    JEL classification:

    • H52 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Government Expenditures and Education
    • H75 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - State and Local Government: Health, Education, and Welfare
    • I2 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education


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