One of the major factors affecting economic development in Newfoundland and Labrador is the literacy level of the population.
If you want to see the extent of the problem in one area, consider the case of Bell Island. According to a May 2008 briefing note released as part of a recent Access to Information request:
“…50% of the population age 20 years and older has less than a high school graduation certificate or equivalent diploma. Less than 30% of the population possesses a diploma in skills or trades….”