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International Adult Literacy and Skills Survey

The 2003 International Adult Literacy and Skills Survey (IALSS) is the Canadian component of the Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey (ALL). The main purpose of the survey was to find out how well adults used printed information to function in society.

Major topics and subtopics


  • Indicators of adult literacy, numeracy and problem-solving capabilities

Secondary topics

Ethnic diversity and immigration
Families and households
Income and earnings

Limited topics




Sample size

Approximately 23,000 individuals


Occasional (1994 and 2003)

Lowest levels of geography


Products and services

  • Public use microdata file
  • Customized tabulations
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