Authors: Atlantic Provinces Economic Council
The document "Report Card", published by the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council, is an overview of the IALSS, released in 2005.
The main themes of the document are:
- Labour Market Outcomes
- Industry Sectors
- Incidence of Low Proficiency
New well-being index would complement traditional GDP
Authors: Stuart Laidlaw
The Gross Domestic Product (GDP), a simple totalling of all goods and services in the economy, is the most used measure of the economy. In this document, Mr. Laidlaw outlines a different kind of statistical indicator designed to complement the GDP. It is called the Canadian Index of Well-being (CIW) and its goals are:
- To reflect a broad range of factors - such as the availability of health care, literacy rates, the quality of air and water, the costs of adequate housing and the value of unpaid work - that together determine the quality of life in Canada.
- To do it so it's comprehensive enough to satisfy the statisticians and policymakers but simple enough to be understood by the general public.
- Give policy makers a tool to show, in quantifiable terms, the positive impact of good social policy such as measures to alleviate poverty, and to demonstrate with hard numbers how a dollar spent now on education or health prevention can reap huge rewards years down the road."
Reproduced with permission - Torstar Syndication Services
Report on Learning in Canada 2008
Series: State of Learning in Canada
Authors: Canadian Council on Learning (CCL)
This document presents an overview of how well equipped Canadians are as learners to meet the needs of the future. The authors state that while Canada has an enviable system of formal education, Canadians could benefit from a wider range of learning opportunities to sustain economic well-being and achieve greater social equity.
The authors have divided their findings into four chapters: learning in the early childhood years, from birth to five; learning in the elementary and secondary school years, from age six to 18; learning in the post-secondary years, ages 18-27; and learning in the adult years, 25 and over.
A fifth chapter offers conclusions about the current state of lifelong learning in Canada; examines how other countries are working to foster a culture of lifelong learning; and recommends priority areas to help Canada become a society that recognizes the value of learning throughout life.
Authors: Movement for Canadian Literacy
This press release from the Movement for Canadian Literacy regarding the 2003 International Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey (IALLSS) which reveals serious cracks in Canada's literacy foundation with as many as 4 in 10 Canadian adults below the skill level considered necessary to thrive in today's knowledge society.
Success in today's world demands continuous learning, and the study confirms that millions are being left behind.
Authors: Canadian Labour and Business Centre
The submission was made by The Canadian Labour and Business Centre (CLBC) for the Innovation Engagement Strategy, includes:
- Six discussion questions:
- Major challenges
- Government of Canada priorities
- Innovation vision
- Commitments, actions and time lines
- National issues
The Ontario Literacy Coalition (OLC), now called Essential Skills Ontario, is a charitable, non-profit adult literacy organization with close to 300 members from across the province, made up of literacy programs, networks, individuals, and people with literacy challenges.
In this paper, the OLC is lobbying for more sustainable funding for literacy. The 2005 International Adult Literacy and Skills Survey (IALSS) showed that 16.2 per cent of adults in Ontario have serious difficulty with even the most basic written materials. The IALSS survey also found that another 26 per cent of Ontarians had literacy skills below the minimum level needed to cope with the complex demands of everyday life and work in our global economy.
The paper gives 5 recommendations, in which it mentions that Ontario needs to take a broader approach to literacy. While labour market development is important, it should not be the only focus for adult literacy and academic upgrading programs.
To find out more about Essential Skills Ontario, click here: http://www.essentialskillsontario.ca/.
Authors: ABC Life Literacy Canada
The Task Force on Financial Literacy was established in 2009 by the Government of Canada to consult with individuals and organizations across the country on how best to address the gaps in Canadians’ financial knowledge.
In this presentation to the task force, the authors begin by noting that a lack of financial literacy strikes hard at those already made vulnerable by poverty and unemployment.
At the same time, they say, many Canadians who are employed still lack the literacy skills that would help them improve their financial literacy. Therefore, they recommend that the workplace be recognized as a good venue to help Canadians improve their literacy and Essential Skills.
The authors also note that financial documents, including credit card agreements, are increasingly complicated and difficult to understand. They urge the task force to ensure that financial institutions use clear language in their documents.
The authors urge the task force to recognize the role that local, nongovernmental literacy agencies can play in improving Canadians’ financial literacy.
Authors: Thomas G. Sticht
The author writes on "Why is it so hard to get funding for adult literacy education"?
He explains that innumerable studies, reports, TV shows, and statistical surveys in most of the industrialized nations of the world declare that their nation is being brought to its economic knees because of widespread low basic skills (literacy, numeracy) amongst the adult population. But repeated calls for funding commensurate with the size of the problem go unanswered. Why?
Authors: ABC Life Literacy Canada
This video, about 35 minutes long, was recorded during a webcast announcing the findings of a survey on the financial literacy of Canadians, undertaken by the Ipsos Reid market research firm on behalf of ABC Life Literacy Canada.
In March 2011, Ipsos Reid pollsters asked a thousand Canadians from coast to coast how confident they felt about their financial literacy and math skills when it comes to planning for a secure future.
Key findings showed that 72 per cent of respondents are not strongly confident with their math and money management skills; 79 per cent are not fully confident in their ability to teach another person about money, saving and budgeting; and 83 per cent of Canadians are familiar with the term RRSP (Registered Retirement Savings Plan), but less than 60 per cent are familiar with the term RESP (Registered Education Savings Plan).
As well, the survey showed that on average, Canadians put away only $211 per month for long-term savings; four in 10 Canadians save nothing at all; and 61 per cent save less than $100 per month.
During the news conference, ABC Life Literacy Canada and the TD Bank Group jointly announced the establishment of Financial Literacy Week, a national awareness campaign scheduled for October 30 to November 5, 2011. For more information, please click here: http://abclifeliteracy.ca/financial-literacy-week.