Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

January 26, 2011 10:00 ET

Government of Canada Supports Literacy and Essential Skills

TUSKET, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Jan. 26, 2011) - Francophone Nova Scotians will get help developing their literacy and essential skills thanks to federal funding. Mr. Greg Kerr, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs and Member of Parliament for West Nova, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

"Our government believes that helping Canadians develop their literacy and essential skills is the surest way to build a stronger Canada," said Mr. Kerr. "We are proud to support the Équipe d'alphabétisation-Nouvelle-Écosse in its important work to improve these critical skills among Francophone communities in Nova Scotia and throughout the Atlantic provinces. With Family Literacy Day being celebrated tomorrow, this is an excellent opportunity to highlight the fact that strong literacy skills help kids succeed in school and help their parents succeed at work."

The Government of Canada has committed $261,769 to the Équipe d'alphabétisation-Nouvelle-Écosse for its project entitled L'éveil à l'alphabétisation familiale en Nouvelle-Écosse (Phase II). This funding will allow the organization to continue working with its partners to develop tools, knowledge and networks that will help families and adults in communities throughout Atlantic Canada improve their literacy and essential skills.

"L'Équipe d'alphabétisation Nouvelle Écosse is pleased to receive support from the Government of Canada for this initiative that will assist young Acadian and Francophone parents in Nova Scotia in their role as their child's primary educator," said Ghislaine d'Eon, Executive Director for L'Équipe d'Alphabétisation Nouvelle Écosse.

The Government of Canada's Office of Literacy and Essential Skills works with partners, including provincial and territorial governments, employers and community organizations, to provide Canadians with the tools and supports they need to maximize opportunities for themselves, their families and their communities.

This news release is available in alternative formats upon request.

Please visit Human Resources and Skills Development Canada's website at www.hrsdc.gc.ca.

BACKGROUNDER

About the Office of Literacy and Essential Skills

The Government of Canada created the Office of Literacy and Essential Skills with a mission to become an acknowledged centre of expertise on what works in increasing the literacy and essential skills of adult Canadians. The Office's activities focus on improving the literacy and essential skills of adults to help them participate fully in the workplace, the community and family life.

The Government of Canada works collaboratively with partners to ensure that Canadians have the literacy and essential skills they need to participate fully in the labour market and in their communities.

For more information on the Office of Literacy and Essential Skills and to learn about projects that have been funded since 2006, visit the Office's new website at http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/workplaceskills/oles/olesindex_en.shtml

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