Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

December 16, 2009 11:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps Families in Taber Improve Their Literacy and Essential Skills

TABER, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Dec. 16, 2009) - Adults with low literacy in Taber will benefit from a federally funded project aimed at improving family literacy and essential skills. Mr. LaVar Payne, Member of Parliament for Medicine Hat, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

"Our government is working with partners to improve Canadians' literacy and essential skills to help them get jobs and build better futures," said Mr. Payne. "In today's economic environment, it is more important than ever that all Canadians have the skills they need to participate in the job market."

The Taber and District Community Adult Learning Association will receive $200,844 for its Building Brighter Futures project through the Adult Learning, Literacy and Essential Skills Program. With this funding, the Association will test an approach to assisting adult learners in the Taber region to improve their literacy and essential skills by adding computer use and numeracy into existing family literacy programs. The project will also enable adults with low literacy living in rural communities to increase their ability to engage in family and community life.

"We would like to thank the Government of Canada for its support of the Building Brighter Futures project," said Ms. Jane Brenner, Executive Director of the Taber and District Community Adult Learning Association. "Family literacy builds bridges to other learning and essential skills opportunities, and it creates possibilities in the lives of Canadian families, assisting them to fulfill their hopes and dreams."

Literacy and essential skills are key to ensuring that Canadians can fully participate and succeed in the workforce. The Government of Canada's Office of Literacy and Essential Skills works with partners such as provincial and territorial governments, employers and community organizations to provide Canadians with the tools and supports they need to maximize opportunities for themselves, their families and their communities.


BACKGROUNDER

About the Office of Literacy and Essential Skills

The Government of Canada created the Office of Literacy and Essential Skills as a centre of expertise for helping to increase the literacy and essential skills of adult Canadians. The Office focuses on improving the literacy and essential skills of adults to help them participate more fully in the workplace, the community and family life.

While Canada currently faces economic uncertainty, skills shortages remain a significant challenge. The Government of Canada is helping individuals develop the skills they need so they can get jobs and build better futures. To make this happen, the Government is investing $36 million this year in the Office of Literacy and Essential Skills.

About the organization

The Taber and District Community Adult Learning Association was established in 1972 and is one of 83 Community Adult Learning Programs in the province of Alberta. The Association strives to improve the accessibility of learning opportunities in Alberta communities, especially for those with special needs or barriers to learning. It provides opportunities for Albertans to acquire important foundational and essential skills such as literacy and English as a second language.

Since 2004, the Association has offered essential skills training to over 300 participants and seen the involvement of over 400 individuals in family literacy initiatives. It provides literacy and workplace essential skills programs to enable people to do the tasks required by their occupation, give them the basics to learn all other skills (job and life) and assist them to manage and adapt to the changing workplace environment.

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Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Finley
    Michelle Bakos
    Press Secretary
    819-994-2482
    or
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office
    819-994-5559