New analysis of the costs of dropping out of school

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The dropout problem – a $593-million hit to Montreal’s economy

Among the findings of an update to the costs of dropping out of school: a loss of productivity equivalent to $593 million.

This analysis was conducted as part of a new study on school perseverance and work/school balance during a period of labour shortages.

The updated data paint a picture of significant economic and social impacts for both the individual who drops out and society as a whole. They include:

  • a weaker economy
  • increased healthcare costs
  • higher costs related to crime
  • greater inequality among social classes and genders
For more details on the costs of dropping out:


View the infographic 

Read the entire text (French only), on pages 39 to 47 of the study.