Young People Not in Employment, Education or Training in Canada

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

In 2014, 14.8% of Canadians aged 15-29 were not in employment, education or training (NEET). This is around the OECD-member average NEET rate of about 15%, but still almost 2 percentage points
higher than before the Great Recession. This equates to around 1 million young people in Canada who were neither in work nor in education at an estimated cost of 0.6% of GDP in foregone earnings alone (below the OECD-member average of 0.9% of GDP).

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The 2016 edition of Society at a Glance examines social well-being and its trends across the OECD. The number of young people not in employment, education or training (NEETs) remains elevated in many countries since the crisis; the report therefore focusses on this group of young people examining the characteristics of those at risk of being NEET along with policies to help meet the challenge. This edition also includes many new youth-specific indicators on family formation, self-sufficiency, income and poverty, health and social cohesion.