Human Resources and Social Development Canada

Human Resources and Social Development Canada

May 07, 2007 11:30 ET

Canada's New Government Announces $372,000 for Literacy Skills Upgrading and the Integration of Adult Learners

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - May 7, 2007) - The Honourable Jason Kenney, Secretary of State (Multiculturalism and Canadian Identity), on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, today announced $372,000 in funding for two literacy projects that will help approximately 250 adult learners improve their literacy skills and prepare them for employment.

"Canada's New Government is committed to helping Canadians acquire the literacy skills they need to ensure that our country has the most educated, most skilled and flexible work force in the world," stated Mr. Kenney. "Today's investment of $372,000 will support these two initiatives to help equip adult learners with strong literacy skills so they can participate in the economy and build better lives."

Mr. Kenney made the announcement at an event hosted by the Centre Moi j'apprends. As part of two projects entitled Profil des forces et faiblesses en lecture des adultes en formation and Ressources pour les personnes immigrantes en formation, the Coalition francophone pour l'alphabetisation et la formation de base en Ontario will assess learners' reading skills to better understand their strengths and weaknesses, and will improve training for practitioners so they can build on their teaching competencies. Under the second project, the sponsor will develop learning materials that will guide immigrant learners in their training projects by collaborating with other literacy organizations, such as the Centre Moi j'apprends (Ottawa), Alpha-Toronto, ABC Communautaire (Welland), the Centre Alpha Mot de Passe (Windsor) and the FORA Centre.

Canada's New Government welcomes the opportunity to work with partner organizations across the country to help Canadians improve their literacy skills and build better lives. Literacy is an important foundational skill that is linked to employment and quality of life. Literacy skills influence the ability to continually upgrade other skills, to remain employed and to adjust to new demands in the workplace.

By funding these projects, Canada's New Government is directing its investments in a number of areas to maximize results, to ensure that tax dollars are well spent and meet the needs of Canadians.

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    Media Relations Office
    Office of the Honourable Monte Solberg
    Lesley Harmer
    Director of Communications