Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

June 30, 2009 13:00 ET

Government of Canada Supports Project to Promote Adult Literacy in British Columbia

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - June 30, 2009) - Adults with learning disabilities will benefit from a project funded by the Government of Canada designed to help improve their literacy skills. Ms. Dona Cadman, Member of Parliament for Surrey North, made the announcement on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

"Our government works with partners across Canada to improve literacy and essential skills that will help Canadians get jobs and build better futures," said Ms. Cadman. "This project will build the ability of adult literacy practitioners to better understand and help adults with learning disabilities."

Under the project, Learning Disabilities and Adult Basic Education: A Whole Life Approach to Professional Development, Literacy BC will receive $389,263 to create professional development strategies for literacy practitioners to enable them to better understand and help adults with learning disabilities. In addition, 50 literacy practitioners from across the province will participate in provincial and regional workshops to prepare themselves to meet the needs of people with learning disabilities.

Improving Canadians' literacy and essential skills is a key part of the Government's commitment to making the Canadian workforce the best educated, most skilled and most flexible in the world. The Government underscored this commitment in Canada's Economic Action Plan. To help Canadian workers and families during the global economic downturn and to prepare for the country's long-term growth, the Government is investing an unprecedented $8.3 billion in the Canada Skills and Transition Strategy.

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.

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A registered not-for-profit organization, Literacy BC has been promoting and supporting literacy and lifelong learning in British Columbia since 1990. Some of Literacy BC's work involves supporting adult learners and their families, promoting innovation, building capacity and raising public awareness about literacy.

As part of the project Learning Disabilities and Adult Basic Education: A Whole Life Approach to Professional Development, Literacy BC will hold a three-day learning disability event for 50 learning practitioners across the province. Adult literacy practitioners often lack the formal training that is necessary to address the special learning needs of adults with learning disabilities.

Literacy BC will also create, implement and disseminate six regional development strategies for literacy practitioners that respond to regional needs. In addition, literacy practitioners will have access to evidence-based teaching materials, including an online resource on strategies for working with adults with disabilities.

In today's environment, it is more important than ever that Canadians develop the literacy and essential skills they need to participate and succeed in the job market. Strong literacy and essential skills help individuals adjust to the changing needs of our economy.

In April 2007, the Government of Canada created the Office of Literacy and Essential Skills (OLES), whose mandate is to indirectly influence the policies and activities of others while also leveraging funding to create more opportunities for adults to increase their literacy and essential skills. The activities of the OLES focus on improving literacy and essential skills for the workplace, as well as for communities and families.

Contact Information

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