Ontario government invests almost $2 million to strengthen literacy training for job creation and economic growth

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Ontario government invests almost $2 million to strengthen literacy training for job creation and economic growth

TORONTO, Nov. 2 /CNW/ - The Ontario government is investing about $2 million to support 75 projects across the province to strengthen literacy training, Dianne Cunningham, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities announced today.
"In today's economy, strong literacy and language skills are a basic requirement to compete in Ontario's highly skilled workforce," Cunningham said. "Knowledge and skills are essential to create opportunity for future generations and to improve our standard of living."
The Ontario government invests more than $60 million a year to serve 68,000 adult literacy learners. Today's investment is included in this budget and is part of the government's plan to help adult learners develop literacy skills to enable them to lead fulfilling lives and enter or re-enter the workforce.
The Ontario government has built a unique partnership of volunteers, community agencies, schools and colleges to achieve some of the best literacy delivery models in the world. More than 10,000 people volunteer their services to help support literacy and basic skills training.
"We recognize the economic payoffs of literacy," Cunningham said. "Literacy skills form the essential foundation upon which people can build additional skills to find or keep a job, and contribute to their community and the economy."

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Ontario support of literacy projects strengthens employment and learning
skills

The Ontario government invests more than $60 million a year to serve 68,000 adult literacy and basic skills clients. Out of this budget, approximately $2 million is directed at supporting 75 projects to promote literacy in Ontario.
These projects help adult learners develop the literacy skills they need to lead fulfilling lives and enter or re-enter the workplace. Project funding is used to strategically maximize funds from other levels of government to support more activity.
The Ontario government's Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS) program was implemented in April 1999. Program delivery has been streamlined, made more cost efficient and better focused on learners' needs, such as assistance in finding employment. Reform of the program included extensive involvement of literacy providers, instructors, and learners, as well as employers.
Improved literacy skills enhance the contribution that people make to their family, community, and workplace. The Ontario government continues to promote both strong employment skills and a commitment to lifelong learning.
Mandatory literacy testing and training for Ontario Works participants whose literacy skills may be a barrier to employment was introduced October 1, 2001 and will be implemented province-wide by April 2002. Those who cannot pass a basic reading, writing and math test may be referred to the LBS program for remedial training. The program is committed to supporting literacy testing and training for Ontario Work participants who lack basic language and math skills to obtain employment. Currently, 17,000 welfare recipients are being served by the LBS program.
Improving workplace literacy is essential for providing people with the skills they need at work and to promote life-long learning in an era of new technology and increased competition. Accordingly, the number of projects funded in this area have been expanded from 7 to 14, accompanied by funding of approximately $330,000.
The LBS program has upheld a leading role in technology by providing adults with computer-based and online learning in literacy. Distance learning through the AlphaRoute Web-based environment has been implemented. Additionally, LBS agencies have been provided with the necessary hardware and software to incorporate computers into their learning processes.

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City Organization Ontario
Support
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ALEXANDRIA Centre d'alphabétisation A LA P.A.G.E. $21,000
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ARTHUR Wellington County Learning Centre $40,000
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BARRIE Community Literacy of Ontario $30,000
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BARRIE Simcoe County Literacy Network $10,000
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BRAMPTON Goal: Ontario Literacy for
Deaf People (G.O.L.D.) $90,000
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CHATHAM Tri-County Literacy Network $10,000
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COBOURG Sir Sandford Fleming College -
Literacy Basic Skills Program $5,000
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CORNWALL J'aime apprendre inc. $40,000
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GUELPH Action Read Community Literacy Centre $5,000
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HAMILTON Adult Basic Education Association
of Hamilton-Wentworth $10,000
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HAMILTON Mohawk College $8,300
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KINGSTON Kingston Literacy $46,000
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KINGSTON Literacy Link Eastern Ontario $10,000
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KITCHENER Laubach Literacy Ontario $67,500
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KITCHENER Project READ Literacy Network $21,000
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MISSISSAUGA Ontario Association of Adult and
Continuing Education School
Board Administrators (CESBA) $37,500
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MISSISSAUGA Peel-Halton-Dufferin Adult Learning Network $23,000
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NORTH BAY Le centre d'alphabétisation
ALEC du Nipissing $5,000
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ORLEANS Trésor des mots $8,000
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OSHAWA Literacy Network of Durham Region $17,000
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OTTAWA La Coalition francophone pour
l'alphabétisation et la formation
de base en Ontario $75,000
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OTTAWA Ottawa-Carleton Coalition for Literacy $20,000
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OWEN SOUND Ningwakwe Learning Press $10,000
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OWEN SOUND Ontario Native Literacy Coalition $43,500
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PETERBOROUGH Literacy Ontario Central South $2,500
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PETERBOROUGH Literacy Ontario Central South (LOCS)
in partnership with Literacy
Council of Niagara West $25,000
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PETERBOROUGH Trent Valley Literacy Association $25,000
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SHARBOT LAKE North Frontenac Literacy Program
(Sharbot Lake) $20,000
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STRATHROY Literacy Link South Central $5,000
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SUDBURY Association of Colleges of Applied Arts
and Technology of Ontario (ACAATO) $20,000
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SUDBURY Centre FORA $10,000
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SUDBURY Collège Boréal $25,000
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THUNDER BAY Thunder Bay Literacy Group $22,000
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TORONTO Ontario Literacy Coalition (Provincial) $152,000
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TORONTO Centre AlphaPlus Centre $419,000
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TORONTO Learning Disabilities Association
of Ontario $12,000
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TORONTO Metro Labour Education Centre $50,000
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TORONTO Ontario Institute for Studies in
Education of the University
of Toronto (OISE/UT) $141,500
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TORONTO Parkdale Project Read $6,000
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TORONTO Preparatory Training Programs of Toronto $42,000
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TORONTO Street Haven at the Crossroads $9,000
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TORONTO Toronto District School Board $20,000
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TORONTO Toronto East End Literacy Project $53,000
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TYENDINAGA
MOHAWK
TERRITORY First Nations Technical Institute $15,000
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WALKERTON Queensbush Initiatives for
Literacy and Learning Inc. $13,000
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WELLAND ABC Communautaire $43,000
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TOTAL FUNDING $1,782,800
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For further information: Dave Ross, Minister's office, (416) 326-1625; Tanya Cholakov, Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, (416) 325-7526; For more information visit www.edu.gov.on.ca