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Literacy Service Report

Literacy Service Plan coverLiteracy Service Plan 2011-2012 - Your gateway to skills for work, learning and life.

Literacy is an ever expanding term and the definition of literacy tends to change to reflect the context in which literacy skills are used. The literacy skills required to be successful in 2011 are quite different from the skills that were needed twenty or even ten years ago.

The International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS) defines literacy as “the ability to understand and employ printed information in daily activities at home, at work and in the community - to achieve one’s goals, and to develop one’s knowledge and potential”. Literacy has clearly moved from a skill set that is “value added” to one that is absolutely necessary in order for people to meet their immediate and long term employment and training goals.

The link between literacy and economic success is being closely examined. With a global economy, an ageing workforce and an increasing reliance upon immigration to address skills shortages, the literacy level of Ontarians is a growing issue. The goal of Employment Ontario is for Ontario to “have the most educated people and highly skilled workforce in North America in order to build the province’s competitive advantage.” Literacy is now being recognized as the foundation upon which such a workforce will exist.