The Ernie Eves Government invests $1.7 million to strengthen literacy training for job creation and economic growth

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The Ernie Eves Government invests $1.7 million to strengthen literacy training for job creation and economic growth

Ministry of Colleges and Universities

TORONTO, Sept. 10 /CNW/ - The Ernie Eves government is investing $1.7 million to support 72 community-based, research and development 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."
"Providing high quality learning opportunities for people who have literacy challenges meets a crucial need," said Sue Folinsbee, acting co- executive director of the Ontario Literacy Coalition. "These supports help people to participate more fully - at home, at work and in their communities."
Today's funding is part of an annual $60 million investment by the Ontario government to provide literacy and basic skills training to adults at about 300 community agencies, school boards and colleges across the province.
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 social and economic benefits 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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Ministry of Training,
Colleges and Universities
September 10, 2002

THE ERNIE EVES GOVERNMENT'S SUPPORT OF LITERACY PROJECTS
STRENGTHENS EMPLOYMENT AND LEARNING SKILLS

The Ernie Eves government is committed to a comprehensive plan to ensure the province has the skilled workforce needed to attract jobs and investment. As part of that plan, the government invests $60 million a year to provide literacy and basic skills training to adults at about 300 community agencies, school boards and colleges across the province.
Out of this budget, $1.7 million is directed at supporting 72 community- based research and development projects to strengthen literacy training in Ontario. Project funding is used strategically to ensure funding from other levels of government is invested where it is most needed.
The Ontario government's Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS) program was implemented in 1999. The program helps adults improve their skills in reading, writing and numeracy, as well as in basic skills such as using computers.
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 was implemented provincewide in April 2002 by the Ministry of Community, Family and Children's Services. 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 for Ontario Work participants who lack basic language and math skills to obtain employment.
Improving workplace literacy is essential for providing people with the skills they need at work and to promote lifelong learning in an era of new technology and increased competition. Accordingly, five projects have been funded in various regions across the province, which will increase the capacity for the delivery of literacy training in workplace settings. These projects will develop practitioner training modules and marketing tools that will enable LBS agencies to offer high quality literacy and basic skills training that meets the needs of employers.
The LBS program has held a leading role in technology by providing adults with computer-based and online learning in literacy. The LBS program continues to support distance learning through AlphaRoute, a Web-based learning environment. AlphaRoute is expanding options for adult learners to access literacy services through computer-based and online means.

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Ontario
City and Organization Project Description Support
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ATIKOKAN - To develop an instructional $5,000
Atikokan Literacy Inc. manual for a job readiness
course that helps learners set
employment goals.
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BARRIE - Community To increase practitioner $16,000
Literacy of Ontario knowledge in the area of family
literacy by delivering online
training.
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To test and verify a practitioner $20,000
training implementation model.
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To prepare and distribute a $10,000
resource guide and conduct a
training event on best practices
for community-based literacy
agencies.
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BARRIE - Simcoe/Muskoka To evaluate an existing $8,000
Literacy Network information and referral tool
to facilitate a marketing
strategy.
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CHAPLEAU - To develop workshop manuals for $9,500
FormationPLUS parents and children to improve
their literacy and numeracy skills.
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CORNWALL - J'aime To continue the development of $25,000
apprendre inc. online distance learning content
for AlphaRoute, the online delivery
system that supports local literacy
services.
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BRAMPTON - Goal: To manage a pool of funding to be $50,000
Ontario Literacy for used by regional networks to pay for
Deaf People (G.O.L.D.) interpreters as part of their
literacy service planning activities.
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To identify literacy training needs $10,000
of Deaf young adult learners to help
them attain employment goals.
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To develop professional development $20,000
events for members of the Deaf
literacy community to support
practitioners to deliver quality
programs.
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To review the Demonstrations Ontario $21,300
Web site to ensure material is
relevant and accessible to Deaf
learners.
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To test and verify a practitioner $20,000
training implementation model.
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BRAMPTON - Le Collège To develop learning materials based $15,000
du Savoir on current practices in adult
education and the needs of learners.
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GUELPH - Action Read To research, assess and field test $15,000
Community Literacy innovative technologies that focus
Centre on literacy training for adults who
face multiple barriers to learning.
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HAMILTON - Hamilton To develop a manual that compiles $13,000
and District Literacy the research, rationale and
Council curriculum for the next phase of a
family literacy program.
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HAWKESBURY - Le CAP : To facilitate partnerships among $10,000
Centre d'apprentissage service providers to offer training
et de perfectionnement programs adapted to the needs of
inc. Ontario Works participants.
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KINGSTON - Kingston To provide literacy programming $20,000
Literacy models for parents of young children
and assist other literacy programs in
offering family literacy services
with an adult upgrading component.
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KINGSTON - La Route To produce a computerized program and $16,000
du Savoir CD-ROM to facilitate the participation
of learners in computer-based learning.
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KINGSTON - Literacy To complete the online version of the $30,000
Link Eastern Ontario common assessment of basic skills and
produce a CD-ROM version for use by
agencies.
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KITCHENER - Laubach To co-ordinate and deliver a $15,000
Literacy Ontario conference and training event in
North Bay in partnership with the
North Bay Literacy Council.
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To develop an approach to adult $20,000
literacy training that integrates a
common understanding of learning
outcomes and a goal-directed approach.
Screening tools, handbooks and
training modules will be developed.
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To train practitioners to design $20,000
customized workshops based on the
needs of the students.
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KITCHENER - Project To update and develop an online $25,000
READ Literacy Network version of the Adult Literacy
Educator Program.
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To develop and implement strategies $24,000
that will improve the capacity of
agencies to market, co-ordinate,
deliver and evaluate local workplace
literacy training.
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LONDON - Literacy Link To develop a series of modules to $17,000
South Central advance practitioners' knowledge of
learning disabilities.
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To develop relationships with family $7,000
service organizations to help
agencies gain a better understanding
of their stake in literacy.
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To update an adult literacy database $6,500
and develop an online version.
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MISSISSAUGA - Peel- To improve access to literacy $9,000
Halton-Dufferin Adult programs, focusing on learners with
Learning Network learning and/or other disabilities
through production of a handbook
along with a training session.
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MISSISSAUGA - Ontario To carry out a survey of all Literacy $8,000
Association of Adult and Basic Skills Programs in Ontario
Continuing Education School Boards to determine programming
School Board needs and gaps to support mandatory
Administrators (CESBA) participation of Ontario Works clients.
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To convene a panel of educators and $20,000
experts to design and pilot tools to
support instructors in screening and
adapting learning materials, and to
design a training program to meet the
needs of literacy and basic skills
instructors.
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To develop and conduct workshops and $19,000
other training activities for Literacy
and Basic Skills Program managers and
instructors.
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NORTH BAY - North Bay To implement and test the Learning
Literacy Council and Employment Assessment Profile. $10,000
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OSHAWA - Durham Deaf To create a CD-ROM for Deaf learners, $14,000
Services Inc. to help them acquire the basic
communications skills required to
deal with the public.
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ORLEANS - Le Trésor To develop online distance learning $10,000
des mots content for AlphaRoute.
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OTTAWA - La Coalition To prepare a training manual for $10,000
francophone pour practitioners who will be involved in
l'alphabétisation et la workplace literacy, and develop a
formation de base en marketing strategy and materials.
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To prepare a workbook to share $10,000
methods and strategies of literacy
training for co-ordinators,
literacy practitioners, volunteers
and learners.
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To raise public awareness of the $15,000
needs of Ontarians in the area of
literacy and basic skills by
developing marketing tools and
partnership activities.
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To test and verify a practitioner $20,000
training implementation model taking
into account adult education, literacy
knowledge and cultural background.
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OTTAWA - La Magie des To develop a literacy and basic $10,000
lettres skills guide to help volunteers coach
learners.
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OTTAWA - Ottawa- To develop and test volunteer $9,000
Carleton Coalition training modules.
for Literacy
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OTTAWA - Ottawa- To produce a report describing adult $6,500
Carleton District numeracy frameworks currently in use
School Board in English-speaking countries.
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OWEN SOUND - Ningwakwe To present a workshop on new materials $15,000
Learning Press in Native literacy learning styles.
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OWEN SOUND - Ontario To enable Ontario representatives to $30,000
Native Learning participate in the development of a
Coalition national Aboriginal literacy office.
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To implement the recommendations of $10,000
a strategy for field development and
to continue to provide training and
support to delivery agencies.
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To test and verify a practitioner $15,000
training implementation model.
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To conduct a series of regional $10,000
workshops that focus on increased
awareness of and support for agencies
delivering the Literacy and Basic
Skills Programs.
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PETERBOROUGH - Literacy To develop and implement strategies $24,000
Ontario Central South that will improve the capacity of
(LOCS) agencies to market, co-ordinate,
deliver and evaluate local workplace
literacy training.
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PETERBOROUGH - Sir To develop a checklist for initial $10,000
Sandford Fleming assessment of speaking, listening,
College presenting and interacting skills for
all literacy and basic skills levels.
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RED LAKE - Red Lake To develop, evaluate and document in $15,000
District Adult a manual, an online writing circle
Learning Centre within one or more northern First
communities.
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ROCKLAND - Le Centre To prepare a bilingual video that $10,000
d'alphabétisation Moi will help organizations provide adult
j'apprends du comté learners with career plans.
de Russell
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ST. CATHARINES - To provide two networking and $40,000
Literacy Link Niagara professional development
opportunities.
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To develop and implement strategies $24,000
that will improve the capacity of
agencies to market, co-ordinate,
deliver and evaluate local workplace
literacy training.
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SUDBURY - Association To develop best practices addressing $10,000
of Colleges of Applied behaviour management issues in
Arts and Technology of literacy training settings.
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To develop system wide policies and $15,000
processes for literacy practitioners.
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SUDBURY - Collège To provide literacy and basic skills $10,000
Boréal d'arts appliqués service providers with the necessary
et de technologie training to identify learners with
learning disabilities and to address
their needs.
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SUDBURY - The Mid North To develop and implement strategies $24,000
Network for the that will improve the capacity of
Coordination and agencies to market, co-ordinate,
Development of Adult deliver and evaluate local workplace
Learning literacy training.
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THUNDER BAY - To develop communications activities $20,000
Confederation College and demonstrations in co-operation
of Applied Arts and with the AlphaPlus Centre.
Technology
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TIMMINS - Literacy To conduct a feasibility study and $10,000
Network Northeast implementation plan for a central
assessment and adult referral service
for literacy training.
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TORONTO - AlphaPlus To develop and maintain the $250,000
Centre/Centre AlphaPlus AlphaRoute Web-based environment as a
means of delivering literacy services.
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To establish a peer review committee $150,000
for review of learning demonstrations
submitted by literacy practitioners.
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To continue developing a workforce $72,000
preparation course package based on
Literacy and Basic Skills principles.
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To renew and enhance the key $150,000
communication services provided
through two publications: the Literacy
Field Project Bulletin and the Guide
to Literacy Services.
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TORONTO - Learning To identify accommodations that $15,000
Disabilities literacy practitioners can provide for
Association of learners with learning disabilities.
Ontario
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TORONTO - University To facilitate the development of $11,000
of Toronto (OISE/UT) practitioner-based research projects
in diverse communities.
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TORONTO - Ontario To develop a combination of methods $10,000
Literacy Coalition for communication, interaction and
(Provincial) support to workplace literacy
education aimed at practitioners,
trainers, and staff.
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To increase public awareness $15,000
surrounding literacy by developing
and distributing new promotional
materials.
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To undertake planning activities for $19,000
a provincial conference.
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TORONTO - Preparatory To develop materials and curriculum $10,000
Training Programs of for the construction trades through
Toronto the creation of a specified pre-
apprentice literacy and basic skills
path.
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To continue research to understand $10,000
what literacy participants are
learning and how they are transferring
these skills.
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TYENDINAGA MOHAWK To prepare and present a practitioner $14,000
TERRITORY - First manual and training workshop supporting
Nations Technical Native literacy learners in the
Institute development of Prior Learning Assessment
Portfolios.
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WALKERTON - Queensbush To collect sample hiring screening $10,000
Initiatives for tools used by employers in the region
Literacy and Learning to assess basic literacy and numeracy
Inc. skill levels.
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To develop and implement strategies $24,000
that will improve the capacity of
agencies to market, co-ordinate,
deliver and evaluate local workplace
literacy training.
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TOTAL FUNDING $1,690,800
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