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Recognizing Leaders In Literacy

Premier Seeks Nominations For Adult Literacy Award

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Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty today recognized volunteers who contribute to adult literacy in his call for nominations for the second annual Council of the Federation Literacy Award.

"Across Ontario, dedicated volunteers generously offer their time to help others learn vital skills that we sometimes take for granted -- reading and writing," said Premier McGuinty. "These volunteers make a big difference in people's lives. They're also making Ontario a better place to live."

The Council of the Federation (COF) represents Canada's 13 premiers. Each province and territory will select its own literacy award recipient. The winners will be announced in July at the next annual COF meeting in St. John's, Newfoundland.

Nominations must be submitted by May 19, 2006.

For more information on submitting a nomination, call the JobGrow Hotline at 1-888-JobGrow or 416-326-5656 in Toronto, or visit the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities website at www.edu.gov.on.ca.

"This award will not only recognize the achievements of an outstanding literacy volunteer from Ontario, it will also draw attention to the excellent literacy efforts underway at community agencies, schools and colleges across the province," said Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities Chris Bentley.

"We're on the side of people who want to build opportunity, get a better job and climb the ladder of success," said Premier McGuinty. "We have to keep working together to ensure that all of our people have the skills they need to reach their full potential so we can build a stronger Ontario."

Recognizing leaders in literacy is just one way the Ontario government is helping develop a skilled workforce. Other initiatives include:

  • The $6.2-billion Reaching Higher Plan that will improve access to college and university and the quality of education provided
  • The Apprenticeship Training Tax Credit, which encourages employers to take on more apprentices in the skilled trades
  • The Apprenticeship Scholarship and Employer Signing Bonus, which supports training and employment for youth who have left school but require upgrading to meet the registration standards for apprenticeship training
  • Increased English-as-a-second-language training and investment in bridge-training programs that help newcomers gain skills.

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