Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

December 16, 2009 13:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps Volunteers in Vancouver Improve Their Literacy and Essential Skills

NORTH VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Dec. 16, 2009) - Adults facing barriers to employment in inner-city Vancouver will benefit from a federally funded project aimed at improving their literacy and essential skills. Mr. Andrew Saxton, Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Treasury Board and Member of Parliament for North Vancouver, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

"Our government strongly supports partnerships with educational institutions to improve the literacy and vocational skills Canadians require to help them get jobs and build better futures," said Mr. Saxton. "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."

Capilano University will receive $338,000 for its Volunteer Connections project through the Adult Learning, Literacy and Essential Skills Program. This project will help adult volunteers in inner-city community organizations to overcome barriers to employment and integrate into the labour market by receiving a combination of classroom and workplace-based training, or by enrolling in post-secondary education programs.

"This Government of Canada funding will make it possible for us to expand our continuum of community-based literacy support to inner-city communities in Vancouver and North Vancouver," said Mr. Patrick Donahoe, Vice-President, Student and Institutional Support, Capilano University. "Along with our community partners, we will help ensure that vulnerable community members are valued for their contribution to their community and feel supported to learn in the best way for them."

Literacy and essential skills are key in 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.


About the Office of Literacy and Essential Skills

The Government of Canada created the Office of Literacy and Essential Skills with a mission to become an acknowledged centre of expertise on what works in increasing the literacy and essential skills of adult Canadians. The Office's activities focus on improving the literacy and essential skills of adults for participation 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.

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Contact Information

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