Alberta has a relatively young population compared to the rest of Canada. The number of students attending early childhood services through Grade 12 in all Alberta schools rose 2.7% from the 2013-14 school year to the following year, increasing from 657,811 to 676,300 students.
Until 2014, 17.0% of Albertans aged 18-34 attended post-secondary education, a figure which has not changed since 2006. While this was the lowest participation rate in Canada, it is expected to change with the economic downturn in 2015. Increasing unemployment generally encourages Albertans to upgrade their skills at post-secondary institutions. Finally, the influx of refugees also created a demand for adult English-language classes.