Human Resources and Social Development Canada

Human Resources and Social Development Canada
Government of Canada

Government of Canada

November 09, 2006 12:45 ET

Government of Canada Announces Investments of Close to $2.5M for New Adult Learning, Literacy and Essential Skills Projects

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 9, 2006) - The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, announced funding today of $2,498,393 for five literacy projects that support activities that make a difference in the lives of Canadians.

"Literacy is one of the essential skills which are required for work and life. Literacy enables people to adapt to changes that happen in their workplace and improve their general quality of life," stated Minister Finley. "It gives me great pleasure to announce, on behalf of Canada's New Government, investments which will be of direct benefit to Canadians."

The projects are as follows:

- Volunteer Mobilization - Leadership - Community (Frontier College): $1,350,000

- Building Island Literacy (P.E.I. Literacy Alliance): $275,000

- Adults Reading Across Canada (Word on the Street Canada Inc.): $200,000

- Le projet Alpha Media Reseau (Groupe action pour s'en sortir) : $481,593

- Introduction and Implementation of the new Unified English Braille (UEB) to Canadian Adults (Canadian Braille Authority): $191,800

Literacy projects allow Canadians to develop their skills in various settings: in the family, in the workplace and in the community. Literacy affects quality of life and self-esteem, and is an important determinant in the ability to upgrade skills and retain employment.

With a budget of $81 million over two years, HRSDC's Adult Learning, Literacy and Essential Skills Program supports adult learning and literacy activities that have measurable outcomes and demonstrate benefits to learners.

In addition, HRSDC invests in other projects that support literacy and essential skills development, such as: Workplace Skills Initiative, the Aboriginal Human Resources Development Strategy, the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Partnership, and the Employment Insurance Part II Program.

Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Finley
    Colleen Cameron
    Press Secretary
    Human Resources and Social Development Canada
    Media Relations Office