Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

February 24, 2011 08:30 ET

Government of Canada Supports Literacy and Essential Skills

ST. JOHN'S, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR--(Marketwire - Feb. 24, 2011) - People in Newfoundland and Labrador will get help developing their literacy and essential skills thanks to federal funding. Senator Elizabeth Marshall, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

"Our government believes that helping Canadians build their literacy and essential skills is the surest way to build a stronger Canada," said Senator Marshall. "We are proud to support the Literacy Coalition of Newfoundland and Labrador in its important work to improve these critical skills in communities around the province."

The Literacy Coalition of Newfoundland and Labrador is receiving $404,816 for its Building Partnerships for Literacy and Essential Skills in Newfoundland and Labrador project. This funding will allow the organization to increase the knowledge and capacity of key players to help adult job-seekers improve their literacy and essential skills levels. It will also help integrate these critical skills within existing employment programs and raise awareness of available tools and resources.

"Literacy Newfoundland and Labrador recognizes the critical importance of literacy and essential skills acquisition for Newfoundlanders and Labradorians," said Caroline Vaughan, executive director for Literacy Newfoundland and Labrador. "Increased literacy and essential skills will assist individuals in successfully attaching to the workforce, and will advance healthy and prosperous communities."

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 OLES website at 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