Investing in Upskilling: Gains for Individuals, Employers and Government - in focus: benefit receipt payments (2012)

This report is part of a project undertaken for the Canadian Literacy and Learning Network (CLLN), exploring the relationship between literacy and income.

The authors’ statistical analysis shows that efforts to increase literacy and essential skills could provide significant reductions in Canadians’ reliance on income support from employment insurance, workers’ compensation, and social assistance. This would free up significant fiscal resources for governments.

Investing in literacy would also trigger significant reductions in the current level of social inequality in employment, income, health, and social engagement, the authors note. It is difficult to put an economic value on these benefits, but they would undoubtedly help both individuals and society as a whole.

They urge governments and educational institutions to establish systems that would identify students at all ages who are failing to acquire literacy skills at the expected rate and, in turn, respond to make sure those individuals are receiving the education and training they need to succeed in the long term.

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T. Scott Murray and Richard Shillington. Investing in Upskilling: Gains for Individuals, Employers and Government - in focus: benefit receipt payments 2012. Web. 27 Oct. 2020 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/clln/investing_upskilling/investing_upskilling.pdf>
T. Scott Murray & Richard Shillington (2012). Investing in Upskilling: Gains for Individuals, Employers and Government - in focus: benefit receipt payments. Retrieved October 27, 2020, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/clln/investing_upskilling/investing_upskilling.pdf
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