Think You’re Smart Eh!

Things You Always Wanted to Know

Yeah we got mountains, we got oceans, we got Olympics, we got sunshine, we got pretty girls, we got pretty boys, we drive nice cars and live in big houses but – do we have safer neighbourhoods, better health and higher wages?

According to Macleans magazine and the Canadian Council of Learning‘s 2009 Composite Learning Index we are not as smart as we think.

How Smart is Vancouver

Courtesy CLI

Scoring only 77 points and dropping we are behind a lot of big and small cities. Not that the score is meant to be competitive but according to CLI’s tabulations we are on par with Hamilton. Flexing competitive muscles: – if you have ever been to Hamilton you’ll know that the steel town is no trip to Hollywood and while that may be the case it doesn’t make us any smarter?

What is the Composite Learning Index

Quoting from the CLI site:

  • “It is the only index of its kind in the world”
  • “It is an unprecedented measurement tool that expresses how learning in all aspects of life is critical to the success of individuals, communities and the country as a whole”

What’s the Purpose

“On an individual level, Canadians stand to benefit from lifelong learning through higher wages, better job prospects, improved health and more fulfilling lives. Accordingly, Canada stands to gain through a more resilient economy and stronger bonds within and between communities.”

Four Pillars

The CLI promotes and calculates these Zen-like goals –

Courtesy CLI

  • Learning to Know
  • Learning to Do
  • Learning to Live Together
  • Learning to Be

Winners and Losers

CLI claims that –

  • “scores are not meant to single out winners and losers”
  • they are “supposed to help Canadians understand the state of lifelong learning in their communities and to encourage them to think of concrete ways that they can improve on these conditions.”


I had never heard about the CLI before today but then again, for a while I thought the Vancouver real estate market would go high enough to touch the space station. We always learn something. In that sense, the theory behind the CLI’s value is that I’ve learned something today and in doing so I am now able to share with you some knowledge that helps us all live better together – at least I hope so.

You might want to explore the interactive map to see how each community within the country and within the city performs. There is a lot of eye opening information at the CLI.

Not that I’m keeping count but, what is your score?

*Quotes and Graphics Courtesy Canadian Council of Learning. **PDF booklet available on the site for download and further reading.

Hat Tip Norm Fisher

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*Disclaimer: Statistics Courtesy REBGV. While believed to be accurate they are not guaranteed.
**Numbers provided may vary as they are dynamically posted by the REBGV.

Reader Comments:

davers Says:
May 22nd, 2010 at 3:02 pm

Falling on deaf ears larry. Everyone who reads this blog knows they are in the top 5% of the worlds most smarterest people.

MH Says:
May 22nd, 2010 at 3:17 pm

We’re a very smart city, unfortunately the average is dragged down by some VERY stupid people, and those stupid people are RE bears.. =)

Just stirring the pot

May 22nd, 2010 at 5:07 pm

Only 5%? Sheesh I have to up my game. 🙂

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