Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

December 17, 2009 12:30 ET

The Government of Canada helps Minority Francophone Families in Manitoba Improve Their Literacy and Essential Skills

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - Dec. 17, 2009) - The federal government will provide funding for a project designed to help Francophone immigrants improve their literacy and other essential skills. Ms. Shelly Glover, Member of Parliament for Saint Boniface and Parliamentary Secretary for Official Languages, 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 the literacy and essential skills of Canadians in official language minority communities in order to help them find jobs and build better futures," said Ms. Glover. "It is important that all Canadians are able to acquire the skills they need to succeed in the job market."

Pluri-elles (Manitoba) Inc. will receive $406,201 over 29 months for a family literacy and immigration integration project. The goal of the project is to develop and test two family literacy programs with a view to encouraging participation among Francophone immigrants in Manitoba and elsewhere in Canada, as well as improving their essential skills and literacy.

This project is funded through the Adult Learning, Literacy and Essential Skills Program under the Family Literacy Initiative of the Roadmap for Canada's Linguistic Duality.

"This funding will help us accomplish a great deal," added Ms. Mona Audet, Executive Director of Pluri-elles. "Recruiting and welcoming Francophone immigrants is one thing; ensuring that they integrate successfully is another. Several factors contribute to successful integration, including access to employment and learning English and French. This initiative will be a valued addition for immigrant families in Manitoba and will open the door to new opportunities."

Literacy and essential skills are key to ensuring that Canadians can participate fully 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.

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BACKGROUNDER

About the Office of Literacy and Essential Skills

The Government of Canada created the Office of Literacy and Essential Skills (OLES) as a centre of expertise to help increase the literacy and essential skills of adult Canadians. The activities of the OLES focus primarily on improving the literacy and essential skills of adults so that they can participate in the workplace, the community and family life.

While Canada faces a period of economic uncertainty, skills shortages remain a significant challenge. With a budget of $36 million in 2009-2010, the main goal of the OLES is to increase its knowledge regarding effective approaches for improving the literacy and essential skills of adults so that they can participate in the workplace, the community and family life.

About the Family Literacy Initiative

In 2008, the Government renewed funding for the Family Literacy Initiative ($7.5 million over five years) under the Roadmap for Canada's Linguistic Duality. The OLES has implemented this initiative in cooperation with the Federation canadienne pour l'alphabetisation en francais and its member organizations, including Pluri-elles in Manitoba, with a view to increasing access to family literacy services in minority Francophone communities.

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