2011-2016 Evaluation of Literacy and Essential Skills Summary

From: Employment and Social Development Canada

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The Program is working with partners and stakeholders across Canada to improve literacy and essential skills by supporting the integration of these skills into labour market programming.

The Program provides:

  • Grants and contributions to organizations
  • Tools and resources
  • Support for stakeholder network development

The Program is making a contribution:

  • A majority of stakeholders and partners agreed that workplace literacy and skills investments result in more productive workers
  • Over four-fifths (84%) of funded organizations agreed that the federal government should support efforts in workplace literacy and essential skills
  • Program increased partner and stakeholder capacity to integrate literacy and essential skills by:
    • developing and disseminating 88 tools and resources
    • better collaboration with partners in over 200 engagements
    • providing over $90M to organizations between 2011 to 2012 and 2015 to 2016


  • Over four-fifths (82%) of funded organizations indicated a high level of administrative burden
  • Almost half (48%) of funded organizations stated that changes to the labour market as a whole are not yet evident
  • Limits to reporting on outcomes due to inconsistency in quality and type of performance information


  • Work with partners to develop better partnership strategies that support stakeholder network development and sustainable approaches
  • Continue to improve communications with partners and stakeholders
  • Update the performance measurement information and related tools

The full Literacy and Essential Skills Evaluation is available on Employment and Social Development Canada’s website.

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