Human Resources and Social Development Canada

Human Resources and Social Development Canada

June 06, 2008 13:30 ET

Government of Canada Funds Project to Help Businesses in Manitoba Improve the Literacy and Essential Skills of Their Employees

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - June 6, 2008) - The Honourable Vic Toews, President of the Treasury Board, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, today announced funding to help workers in Manitoba develop the literacy and essential skills they need to thrive in the knowledge-based economy.

"The Government of Canada is following through on its commitment to introduce measures that will ensure Canada has the best-educated, most-skilled, and most flexible work force in the world," said Minister Toews. "With this funding, the Workplace Education Manitoba Steering Committee will work with public and private businesses to ensure that their employees have access to the customized literacy and essential skills training they require to support industry's need for a skilled work force."

The Workplace Education Manitoba Steering Committee received $1,967,655 in Government of Canada funding for a project titled "Workplace Essential Skills Training in Manitoba" (WESTM). This project will be supported by the Workplace Essential Skills Training (WEST) Centre that is now being developed in Manitoba. The WESTM project will offer literacy and essential skills support to 127 companies for the benefit of thousands of employees in Manitoba.

While the participating workplaces will address their workers' literacy and essential skills requirements, the WEST Centre, which will continue to operate after completion of the project, will focus on addressing the needs of workers in smaller businesses. Support will be offered to businesses to enable them to integrate literacy and essential skills into their workplace human resources practices.

"The Government of Canada is committed to working collaboratively with stakeholders to improve literacy and essential skills for the workplace, and for communities," said Minister Toews. "We know that higher literacy and essential skills have long term benefits for both employers and employees, ranging from enhanced personal performance and confidence of individuals to enhanced productivity and a competitive edge for businesses."

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Contact Information

  • Human Resources and Social Development Canada
    Media Relations Office
    Office of Minister Solberg
    Pema Lhalungpa
    Press Secretary