Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

March 23, 2009 11:00 ET

Government of Canada Supports Project to Help Workers Improve Their Literacy and Essential Skills

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 23, 2009) - The Government of Canada is supporting a project that will help workers with low levels of literacy and essential skills participate more fully in the labour market. Mr. Dean Del Mastro, Member of Parliament for Peterborough, made the announcement on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

"Our government is working with partners across the country to ensure that Canadians have the literacy and essential skills they need to participate in the workforce and build better futures," said Mr. Del Mastro. "Upgrading the literacy and essential skills of Canadian workers increases their effectiveness, which in turn benefits employers."

Under the project entitled Building Training Partnerships to Enhance Low-Skilled Workers' Participation in the Workforce, PTP Adult Learning and Employment Programs received over $455,000 to work with five communities across Canada to develop workforce literacy and essential skills programs for adults with low skills levels. PTP will also create a program guide on how to strengthen the communications and math abilities of low-skilled adults, and will share the guide with other communities who want to adopt the program in the future.

As part of Canada's Economic Action Plan, Budget 2009, the Government of Canada is investing an unprecedented $8.3 billion in the Canada Skills and Transition Strategy to support workers and their families during the global economic recession.

"In today's environment, it is more important than ever that Canadians develop the skills they need to participate and succeed in the job market," said Mr. Del Mastro. "While Canada currently faces economic uncertainty, skills shortages remain a significant challenge. The Government is helping individuals develop their skills so they can take advantage of opportunities for themselves, their families and their futures." Literacy and essential skills are the foundation for lifelong learning, and play a vital role in the development of healthy families, vibrant communities and a prosperous economy.

Literacy and essential skills programs and activities across Canada are supported by the federal, provincial and territorial governments, and by a variety of businesses and voluntary organizations.

This news release is available in alternative formats upon request.

Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Finley
    Michelle Bakos
    Press Secretary
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office