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Ontario Government Expands Literacy Training

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Ontario Government Expands Literacy Training

Increasing literacy levels to help more workers succeed in the new economy is a priority for the McGuinty government.

Ontario is investing $33 million this year to help adult learners gain necessary literacy and essential skills and to help prepare for highly skilled jobs in the new economy.

Literacy, basic skills and academic upgrading programs already help more than 48,000 people each year. Specialized programs help French-language learners, Aboriginal learners and adult learners who are deaf.

Ontario's 2009 Budget announced $90 million over two years to expand literacy and basic skills training, including funding for community projects, distance learning and workplace literacy programs. 

Over the past five years, the provincial government has invested in the skills of Ontarians through the Reaching Higher Plan for colleges and universities, the Employment Ontario training network, and the Skills to Job Action Plan.

Ontario receives support for some skills training programs from the federal government.

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