Category Archives: Skills

Money for literacy in Ontario budget

Ontario tabled its budget on March 28, 2018. It continues the Lifelong Learning and Skills Plan 2017 which announced a $185 million over four years in essential skills programming for adults. While Budget 2018 does not specifically reference the Literacy … Continue reading

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Budget 2018 – my thoughts and comments

The federal government tabled its 2018 budget on February 27th while I happened to be vacationing in sunny Cuba (the nerve, indeed!). Hence, this not particularly timely post with my take on the budget. Budget 2018 is built on a … Continue reading

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Who Should be Helped First? Employed Workers or the Unemployed?

Originally posted on The Welfare State Matters….:
With government resources always limited, would Canadians prefer that we spend more on training employed workers over the unemployed? I think this is unlikely. Yet that is exactly what the federal government’s Advisory…

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Summary of Ontario LBS concerns

Yesterday I posted about Ontario’s consultations on its Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS) program and on strengthening its adult education system. Christine Pinsent-Johnson has taken the October 2017 Symposium report and re-organized it into a summary that follows the 8 … Continue reading

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Manitoba’s Learning for Life Literacy and Numeracy Summit

Over the next three days, the province of Manitoba is holding a summit as part of an effort to develop a long-term literacy and numeracy strategy for the province. Learning for Life: Charting the Future through Literacy and Numeracy participants … Continue reading

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National Public Opinion Survey on Literacy

Frontier College commissioned Environics to conduct a national survey about literacy in Canada. The survey found that nearly nine-in-ten Canadians (87 per cent) believe more needs to be done to improve literacy rates. The survey found that Canadians understand the … Continue reading

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“Talkin’ ‘Bout my Generation: More Educated but Less Skilled Canadians”

The C.D. Howe Institute released a report entitled “Talkin’ ‘Bout my Generation: More Educated but Less Skilled Canadians” by Parisa Mahboubi. The author looks at differences in literacy skills comparing 2003 (IALSS) and 2012 (PIAAC). Canada and Norway were the … Continue reading

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