Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

September 08, 2009 14:00 ET

Canada Celebrates International Literacy Day

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 8, 2009) - The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, today celebrated International Literacy Day with members of ABC Canada Literacy Foundation and others.

"Strong literacy skills are a fundamental requirement to helping people maximize opportunities for themselves, their families and their futures," said Minister Finley. "On International Literacy Day, I would like to recognize the efforts of all our partners who work with us to help Canadian adults improve their literacy and essential skills so they can participate in the workforce and build better lives."

ABC Canada Literacy Foundation has been working with business sectors to foster an environment where adults can increase their literacy skills and participate fully in the workplace, at home and in the community. The Government of Canada is providing funding of over $530,000 to the organization to publish a series of books that are adapted to suit the needs of emergent adult readers.

"We are delighted to work with HRSDC and outstanding Canadian authors to provide great books for adults who are developing their reading ability," said Ms. Margaret Eaton, President of ABC Canada Literacy Foundation. "Improved literacy and essential skills mean that we can increase productivity and competitiveness as a nation. More Canadians will have the skills they need to participate in our country fully-as workers, as parents and as citizens."

Literacy and essential skills are key to a person's success in life, in learning and at work. These skills include reading, document use, numeracy, writing, oral communication, computer use, thinking skills, working with others and continuous learning.

The Government of Canada is investing $36 million this year in literacy and essential skills partners and organizations to help Canadians build the skills they need to enjoy economic success and inclusion in our society.

"Canada's Economic Action Plan is creating more opportunities for Canadian workers through skills development and training," said Minister Finley.

International Literacy Day is celebrated annually on September 8. This celebration was established in 1965 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to raise awareness about literacy and its importance in our daily lives.

To learn more about International Literacy Day and events taking place in your community, visit

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Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Finley
    Michelle Bakos
    Press Secretary
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office