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Literacy and Basic Skills Training to Expand

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Literacy and Basic Skills Training to Expand

McGuinty Government Helping 13,000 More People Strengthen Their Skills

Ministry of Colleges and Universities

Ontario is expanding literacy and essential skills training to help 13,000 more people train for high-skill jobs. 

The province is investing $25 million in colleges, school boards and community literacy organizations in the Employment Ontario network to help laid-off workers and other adult learners train for highly skilled jobs.   

In addition, Ontario is providing $5 million this year to expand online literacy training.  By expanding online resources, this project provides more learning opportunities for English-speaking, French-speaking, Aboriginal learners living in remote communities, and Deaf adult learners.  

A number of research projects will receive $3 million in funding to improve service to adult literacy learners and develop a new province-wide curriculum for adult literacy training.

Quick Facts

  • 3.4 million Ontario adults have literacy skills at less than a high school level.
  • By 2020, about 70 per cent of new jobs are expected to require postsecondary education and training.

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“We're taking action now to help people strengthen their skills while laid off and looking for work so they'll be better able to find jobs in the new economy.”

John Milloy

Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities

“This investment will equip our city's residents with the skills they need to conquer today's challenging job market. It will have positive effects in every area of our economy.”

Sophia Aggelonitis

MPP for Hamilton Mountain

“Opportunity to have access to literacy training is essential to the growth of communities. It gives me great pleasure to be part of a government whose priority is education and life-long learning - this investment does just that.”

Hon. Ted McMeekin

MPP for Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale

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