Submission to The Honourable Dwight Duncan Minister of Finance (2006)

The Ontario Literacy Coalition (OLC), now called Essential Skills Ontario, is a charitable, non-profit adult literacy organization with close to 300 members from across the province, made up of literacy programs, networks, individuals, and people with literacy challenges.

In this paper, the OLC is lobbying for more sustainable funding for literacy. The 2005 International Adult Literacy and Skills Survey (IALSS) showed that 16.2 per cent of adults in Ontario have serious difficulty with even the most basic written materials. The IALSS survey also found that another 26 per cent of Ontarians had literacy skills below the minimum level needed to cope with the complex demands of everyday life and work in our global economy.

The paper gives 5 recommendations, in which it mentions that Ontario needs to take a broader approach to literacy. While labour market development is important, it should not be the only focus for adult literacy and academic upgrading programs.

To find out more about Essential Skills Ontario, click here: http://www.essentialskillsontario.ca/.

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2006-02-01
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Ontario Literacy Coalition (OLC) and Anette Chawla. Submission to The Honourable Dwight Duncan Minister of Finance 2006. Web. 9 Aug. 2020 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/duncan/duncan.pdf>
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