Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

July 15, 2010 10:00 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Literacy and Essential Skills to Prepare Canadians for the Jobs of the Future

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - July 15, 2010) - Improving Canadians' literacy and essential skills will play an important role in developing Canada's workforce and building the country's economy. That was the message Mr. Ed Komarnicki, Parliamentary Secretary to the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, delivered on behalf of Minister Finley at the opening of a national family literacy conference earlier today. 

"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 Mr. Komarnicki. "By working together to improve family literacy today, we are laying the foundation that will help Canadians prepare for the jobs of tomorrow and build better futures."

The conference, entitled Cultivating Connections: Global Perspectives and Practices in Family Literacy, was hosted by the Centre for Family Literacy.

"Family literacy programs are an investment in the literacy skills of both children and adults, allowing parents to improve their skills while learning how to support their children's emerging literacy," said Ms. Kimberley Onclin, Associate Executive Director of the Centre for Family Literacy. "Literacy skills are linked to health, employment, resiliency, school success and lifelong learning."

Through the Office of Literacy and Essential Skills, the Government is taking action to ensure that Canadians have the fundamental skills they need to participate fully in the labour market and in their communities.

In addition to providing funding and conducting research, the Office works with partners in federal, provincial and territorial governments, as well as non-profit organizations across Canada, to help employers, practitioners and trainers incorporate literacy and essential skills into their training programs.

Adult Canadians can also benefit from the literacy and essential skills assessment tools that can help identify an individual's skill strengths and areas that may require upgrading. These tools are available on the following Web site: www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/workplaceskills/oles/tools.shtml.

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 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 Office, is investing to ensure that Canadians have the literacy and essential skills they need to participate fully in the labour market and in their communities.

About the organization

Originally founded in 1980, the Centre for Family Literacy offers programs and training, and conducts research, to help improve literacy within families and communities. The Centre is hosting a national family literacy conference, entitled Cultivating Connections: Global Perspectives and Practices in Family Literacy, which will feature a broad range of perspectives on family literacy from Canada, North America and around the world. This conference provides opportunities to share best practices in programs, to learn about new research in the field, and to connect with other organizations and literacy practitioners.

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