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ERIC Number: ED533645
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Nov
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Literacy in Canada: It's Time for Action. Recommendations for the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance
Movement for Canadian Literacy
According to Statistics Canada, as many as 8 million Canadians do not have the literacy skills necessary to prosper in a knowledge-based society and economy. For most of these Canadians, the challenge is not simply in "decoding" text, but in "understanding and working with" it. The demands of the knowledge-based society are escalating faster than ever before, and the definition of the minimum literacy skills required to meet the challenges of modern life is evolving to match. In recent years, leaders from government, business, labour, and the NGO community have publicly acknowledged the extent and impact of Canada's literacy challenge and the need for action. The provincial and territorial Premiers (Council of the Federation), Ministers of Education and Labour Market Ministers have also identified this as a priority area for action. The strong and widespread support for action on literacy makes it clear that literacy is an issue not only for those who are marginalized, but for all Canadians, and that the time is right for federal government leadership. In this brief, the Movement for Canadian Literacy (MCL) outlines the necessity for action, addresses challenges, and provides the Finance Committee with concrete recommendations. It's goal, and it hopes the Committee's goal as well, is to ensure that Canada and all Canadians are equipped to face the challenges of a complex world. To help reach that goal, governments must make literacy a policy and funding priority. Canada cannot truly move forward as a nation if it leaves almost half of the Canadian population behind. (Contains 18 footnotes.)
Movement for Canadian Literacy. 300-180 Metcalfe Street, Ottawa, ON K2P 1P5, Canada. Tel: 613-563-2464; Fax: 613-563-2504; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Movement for Canadian Literacy
Identifiers - Location: Canada