The State of Canada’s Science Culture

September 16, 2014 at 2:23 pm Leave a comment

This past August, the Council of Canadian Academies released a comprehensive report on the state of Canada’s science culture. The report presents numerous strengths and weaknesses in Canadians general attitude and engagement in science. Overall, the report reflects quite positively on the Canadian public with Canadians ranking highest in the world in their interest in scientific discoveries and their participation in science-related issues. Furthermore, over 42% of the population demonstrate a basic level of scientific literacy which ranks first out of 35 countries surveyed.

On the weak side, Canada ranks fairly low in the percentage of its population that are employed in scientific occupations and in the percent of university degrees being awarded in science and engineering. This is despite the fact that Canada ranks first among all OECD countries in the percent of its population aged 25-64 with tertiary education.

Below is a list of the report’s most significant findings:

Strengths (aside from what was stated above)

  • Canadians express the fewest reservations about science compared to populations in other countries
  • 93% of the population reports being very interested in new scientific discoveries
  • 32% of the population has visited a science and technology museum at least once in previous year
  • 49% of first university degrees in science fields are awarded to women

Other Notables:

  • 76% of population agree that the government should support science even if it doesn’t have immediate impact (12th out of 35 countries
  • 54% of all doctoral degrees are in science and engineering fields
  • 49% of first university degrees in science fields are awarded to women

To read the full report visit Science Culture: Where Canada Stands.

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