Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

November 13, 2009 13:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps Workers in Surrey Area Improve Their Literacy and Essential Skills

CLOVERDALE, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Nov. 13, 2009) - Workers in the Surrey area will benefit from a federally funded project aimed at improving literacy and essential skills in the workplace. Mr. Russ Hiebert, Member of Parliament for South Surrey-White Rock-Cloverdale, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

"Our government works with partners across Canada to ensure that literacy and essential skills are integrated into training that will help Canadians get jobs and build better futures for themselves and their families," said Mr. Hiebert. "In today's economic environment, it is more important than ever that Canadians have the skills they need to participate in the job market."

The Peace Arch Community Services Society will receive $424,849 for its project Communities for Literacy: Workplace Solutions for Enhancing Literacy and Essential Skills. Through this project, the Society intends to increase community awareness of and improve the capacity for essential skills training within the Surrey area. The project will benefit individuals about to enter or currently in the workforce and also includes a comprehensive toolkit for employers looking to learn about and deliver workplace literacy.

"This funding will enable the Peace Arch Community Services Society to increase awareness of and access to workplace training for individuals in the communities of Cloverdale, South Surrey and White Rock," said Mr. David Young, Executive Director, Peace Arch Community Services Society. "In partnership with both the Cloverdale District and White Rock and South Surrey Chambers of Commerce, as well as Kwantlen Polytechnic University, we will be facilitating an approach to embedding workplace literacy and essential skills in a way that is practical for employers, and that aligns closely with the curriculum that is delivered by local training providers."

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.

Improving the skills of Canadians is an important part of the Government of Canada's commitment to build a highly skilled, adaptable and competitive workforce. The Government underscored this commitment in January when it introduced Canada's Economic Action Plan, which contains measures to stimulate the economy, create jobs and protect Canadians during the global recession.

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BACKGROUNDER

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.

The Government also introduced Canada's Economic Action Plan, which includes measures to stimulate the economy, create jobs and protect Canadians during the global recession. This includes measures to create more and better opportunities for Canadians through skills development.

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