High school students who drop out of science and math courses will inevitably hurt the economy, a new report says.
Spotlight on Science Learning 2013, a report from the group Let's Talk Science, says less than 50% of Canadian high school students graduate with senior STEM courses (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).
But 70% of Canada's top jobs require math and science.
The report says compulsory STEM courses are only required up to Grade 10 in most provinces and territories.
Canada's economic well-being, quality of life, and ability to remain competitive with peer countries are put at risk if something isn't done to foster an interest in STEM courses, the report says.
"We need to inform our youth of the importance of STEM courses for their future careers, engage them in experiential science learning from an early age, and sustain their interest in science," Let's Talk Science president Bonnie Schmidt said in a release.