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.
Backround Paper for the National Roundtable on Literacy, A
Series: National Roundable on Numeracy
Authors: William Higginsson
This is a background paper, prepared for the National Roundtable on Numeracy. It is one of two especially commissioned for the Roundtable to help prepare participants for active participation in the meeting. The first paper mainly addresses the "Current Challenges" component of the meeting's theme by examining numeracy in contemporary Canadian society from something of a historical perspective: "Where are we, and how have we gotten here?" This paper is intended to be complementary to the first and to concern itself largely with "Future Possibilities." Its orientation is "Where are we and where do we want to go?"
Series: What We Heard
Authors: Task Force on Financial Literacy
In 2009, the Government of Canada established a Task Force on Financial Literacy. Between February and May 2010, the task force undertook a nationwide effort to get the views of individuals and organizations on how best to address the gaps in Canadians’ financial knowledge.
By the time the consultation period ended, the task force had received more than 300 written submissions, heard from 175 presenters in 14 communities, and attracted 125 contributors to its online forum.
This document summarizes the thoughts of the participants in the consultation process and includes their views on the current state of financial literacy in Canada; education for financial literacy; financial behaviour, including borrowing habits; and evaluating national progress in achieving financial literacy.
The final report of the task force, published in February 2011, can be found at http://library.nald.ca/item/9167.
A Literature Review of the Best Available Evidence about Effective Adult Literacy, Numeracy and Language Teaching
This document originates from the New Zealand Ministry of Education. The purpose of this literature review is to provide a critical evaluation of the available research evidence about effective practices in literacy, numeracy and language (LNL) teaching and programme provision in order to inform policy development within the broader arena of foundation learning.
Authors: Victoria READ Society
This report focuses on the second phase of the Victoria READ Society’s Workplace Learning Project, which was launched in response to ongoing concerns of area businesses about managing change and recruiting and retaining promising employees.
During the fall of 2009, READ staff worked with four businesses from the grocery and hospitality sectors to field test an Organizational Needs Assessment (ONA) process. All participating employers offered a variety of employee training, but none of them provided training in English as a Second Language, reading or writing.
In addition to providing an outline and analysis of the initiatives undertaken as part of this project, this report provides a composite list of recommendations made to the four participating employers in areas related to six basic skills – reading, writing, document use, oral communication, thinking and problem-solving, and numeracy – and two additional areas of interest – computer use and training plan preferences.
Series: Read Every Day!
Authors: Sue Waugh Folinsbee
This document provides the answers to several questions related to the benefit of literacy and basic skills training in the workplace. Included are definitions, a description of the importance of workplace basic skills upgrading, how to address and who delivers this training, a description of different approaches to literacy and basic skills training in the workplace, and much more.