Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

December 03, 2010 11:30 ET

Government of Canada Supports Literacy and Essential Skills

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 3, 2010) - The Government of Canada is investing in a plan to expand literacy and essential skills expertise that will have long-term benefits to Canadian employers and workers. The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, made the announcement today.

"As we move toward economic recovery and growth, it will be more important than ever for Canadians to have the skills they need to succeed in an evolving workforce," said Minister Finley. "This support is about working together to improve literacy and essential skills nationally, so that we are better prepared for the jobs of the future."

Through the Government of Canada's Office of Literacy and Essential Skills, ABC Life Literacy Canada will receive $1,585,116 in funding to continue working with its partners to develop and increase the knowledge, networks and tools to improve these critical skills in the workplace.

"ABC Life Literacy Canada is extremely grateful for this important funding commitment, and we offer our sincere thanks to the Government of Canada," said Ms. Margaret Eaton, President of ABC Life Literacy Canada. "With this support we will continue to promote the importance of literacy and essential skills to employers, employees, unions and the public. Literacy and essential skills are foundational and key to improving the productivity and competitiveness of our nation."

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The Government of Canada created the Office of Literacy and Essential Skills (OLES) as a centre of expertise to help improve 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 OLES, is investing in initiatives that will help ensure that Canadians have the literacy and essential skills they need to participate fully in the labour market and in their communities.

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

Contact Information

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