Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

November 10, 2010 10:00 ET

Government of Canada Supports Literacy and Essential Skills in Saskatchewan

SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - Nov. 10, 2010) - Saskatchewan is set to benefit from expanded literacy and essential skills expertise, thanks to funding from the federal government. The Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State (Western Economic Diversification) and Member of Parliament for Blackstrap, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

"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 Yelich. "By working together to improve literacy and essential skills today, we are laying the foundation that will help the people of Saskatchewan build better futures for themselves, their families and their communities."

Through the Government of Canada's Office of Literacy and Essential Skills, the Saskatchewan Literacy Network will receive $380,000 in funding for a project that will allow the Network and its partners to develop tools and knowledge to help individuals in the province improve these critical skills.

"This funding will strengthen our ability to work with partners and stakeholders to improve the literacy and essential skill levels of people in Saskatchewan," said Ms. Lisa Erickson, Executive Director of the Saskatchewan Literacy Network. "We see a future where literacy and essential skills are integrated into all facets of one's life and society— this funding gets us one step closer to this vision."

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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 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 Office 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