Human Resources and Social Development Canada

Human Resources and Social Development Canada

January 27, 2007 13:44 ET

Canada's New Government Celebrates Family Literacy Day and Announces Investment of $280,000 to Benefit Municipal Workers Across Canada

BRAMPTON, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 27, 2007) - The Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, today marked Family Literacy Day by announcing $279,318 for projects that will help improve the literacy and learning needs of municipal workers. Approximately 350,000 people in 4,000 cities, towns, villages and counties will be able to benefit from this project.

The funding will be awarded to the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA) to develop tools, resources and evaluation mechanisms to enhance the learning abilities and opportunities of learners. Over a period of 15 months, CAMA will work closely with municipal stakeholders to plan and implement workplace literacy and learning initiatives that are sustainable and viable for the future, and can be shared with municipalities across the country.

"Canada's New Government is proud to celebrate Family Literacy Day. Parents and caregivers play a vital role in promoting literacy and instilling the love of reading in children," said Minister Solberg. "Family literacy has a strong influence on our children's individual growth and development, and we encourage families to integrate literacy activities such as reading, writing and numeracy into their daily routine."

Marked on January 27 each year, Family Literacy Day is a national initiative that promotes the importance of reading and learning together as a family. It is hosted by ABC Canada, a partnership of business, labour, educators and government. The Minister observed Family Literacy Day by participating in "Winter Wonderland"-activities hosted by the Brampton Neighbourhood Resource Centre, one of a number of non-profit organizations that receives funding from the federal government to offer language and literacy training classes.

Literacy skills can be developed in various settings: the family, the school, the workplace or the community. Literacy levels affect self-esteem, health and safety, and are a strong factor in helping Canadians find and maintain employment.

To celebrate Family Literacy Day, various organizations across the country have organized special events. For more information, visit the ABC Canada Web site at www.abc-canada.org.

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Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Solberg
    Pema Lhalungpa
    Press Secretary
    819-994-2482
    or
    Human Resources and Social Development Canada
    Media Relations Office
    819-994-5559