Human Resources and Social Development Canada

Human Resources and Social Development Canada

September 07, 2007 15:10 ET

HRSDC/Investing in Literacy Important for all Canadians: Celebrate International Literacy Day

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 7, 2007) - The Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, today marked International Literacy Day by encouraging Canadians to invest in literacy in their communities.

"Canada's New Government is committed to making sure that all Canadians have the literacy and essential skills they need to succeed in the workforce and in their daily lives," said Minister Solberg. "I am proud of the parents, children and community leaders who are making a real difference in their families and communities through their commitment to literacy."

While overall, Canada has a highly-educated and highly-skilled population, there are still too many Canadians who lack the literacy and essential skills needed for full participation and success in the work force and in their daily lives. Canada's New Government is working towards creating the best-educated, most-skilled and most flexible workforce in the world, by implementing the November 2006 plan called Advantage Canada: Building a Strong Economy for Canadians.

Earlier this year, Minister Solberg announced the creation of the Office of Literacy and Essential Skills (OLES) to support workplace literacy and essential skills, and family and community literacy. Through the OLES, the Department of Human Resources and Social Development will build on its history of literacy and essential skills support by continuing to work with literacy partners and organizations across the country.

"I encourage all Canadians to participate, today and throughout the year, in activities that promote literacy in their families and communities," noted Minister Solberg.

Examples of activities include:

- taking your kids to your local library;

- setting time aside for your family to read and learn together;

- choosing educational activities (e.g. books, toys, CDs, cassettes) for yourself and your family;

- joining a local book club; and

- volunteering at your local library by participating in reading sessions with children.

Established in 1965 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), International Literacy Day is celebrated on September 8 with the goal of raising awareness about the importance of literacy and other essential skills around the world.

For a list of activities being held to mark International Literacy Day, visit

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