Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

August 23, 2010 10:15 ET

Government of Canada Supports Literacy and Essential Skills

BATHURST, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - Aug. 23, 2010) - Francophones in the four Atlantic provinces will be able to upgrade their literacy and essential skills thanks to funding from the Government of Canada.

Senator Percy Mockler made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

"As we move towards economic recovery and prepare for future growth, it will be more important than ever that Canadians have the skills they need to succeed in an evolving workforce," said Senator Mockler. "This funding will help the Fédération d'alphabétisation du Nouveau-Brunswick continue its important work to improve literacy and essential skills among Francophone communities within New Brunswick and throughout the Atlantic provinces. Building these critical skills will help Canadians prepare for the jobs of tomorrow and create better futures."

Under the Adult Learning, Literacy and Essential Skills Program, the Fédération d'alphabétisation du Nouveau-Brunswick will receive core funding of $482,123. Working in collaboration with its partners, the Federation will develop tools, knowledge and networks that will help families and adults in Francophone communities within New Brunswick and throughout the Atlantic provinces improve their literacy and essential skills.

As part of the project, the Federation will conduct research, increase its understanding and build its capacity to better meet the needs in various literacy action areas, such as the family, the community and the workplace. More importantly, literacy practitioners will become better equipped to adapt their work to the reality of the Francophone and Acadian communities in New Brunswick.

Improving adult Canadians' literacy and essential skills is a key part of the Government's commitment to creating the best educated, most skilled and most flexible workforce in the world.

This news release is available in alternative formats upon request.

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.

While Canada currently faces economic uncertainty, skills shortages remain a significant challenge. With a budget of over $38 million in 2010–2011, the Government of Canada, through the OLES, is investing in activities that help Canadians acquire the level of literacy and essential skills they need to participate fully in the labour market and in their communities.

In addition to providing funding and conducting research, the Government of Canada's OLES works with partners in federal, provincial and territorial governments, as well as not-for-profit organizations across Canada, to help employers, practitioners and trainers incorporate literacy and essential skills into their training programs.

About the Organization

Created in 1989, the Fédération d'alphabétisation du Nouveau-Brunswick is a not-for-profit organization that promotes French literacy in New Brunswick. It also works to support partnerships and practitioners and to ensure the delivery of French-language services in the province. 

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