What do the results of the Composite Learning Index tell us.
Canada’s progress on the Composite Learning Index (CLI) is at a stand still in 2010, and there has only been marginal progress over the past five years, according to the latest results from the Canadian Council on Learning’s annual measure of lifelong learning.
The figures indicate a state of stagnation if nothing else. Although there is some good news about Atlantic Canada, the improvements are not in Nova Scotia.
The 2010 results also reveal that communities in Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick and PrinceEdward Island are improving at greater rates than other provinces in Canada, resulting in a narrowing of the CLI gap between eastern and western Canada.
The west still does better. Why is that? Something in the water out there? Maybe an attitude?
Victoria leads all other major Canadian cities on the 2010 CLI, with a score of 95—the highest score for a major city in the history of the index. Saskatoon came in second with a score of 90, followed by Calgary (88), Ottawa (87) and Regina (84). (See CLI Backgrounder for a list of the top 10 major cities in Canada.)
Seems it would be a good fit for Wolfville since the town is supposed to be a centre of learning in the area. Can we use this to benefit our town?
Time we did something Wolfville and our other small towns will die a slow death, and that’s dumb.
CCL developed these online motion charts in 2009 to help explore the relationship between learning and the economy over time and across Canada. These interactive graphs (one for cities and one for regions) give users the ability to explore the interactions between CLI results, economic indicators, population size and geographic location, and the industrial profile of a community.
Questions to keep in mind when using the motion charts.
- Can a region with a high CLI score better withstand the impact of economic turbulence?
- As the economy recovers, will the economic indicators of a region with a higher CLI score improve more rapidly than one with a lower CLI score?
- How can communities use the CLI, even in periods of economic turbulence, as a decision-making tool for taking stock of their learning assets in order to enhance their citizen’s quality of life?