Backgrounder: Office of Literacy and Essential Skills

Backgrounder

Office of Literacy and Essential Skills

The Government of Canada created the Office of Literacy and Essential Skills in 2007 to support adult Canadians in improving their essential skills to enter and succeed in the job market.

The Government of Canada has identified nine essential skills that are used in every job to varying degrees and at different levels of complexity: reading, writing, document use, numeracy, oral communication, working with others, thinking skills, digital skills and continuous learning.

Through the Office of Literacy and Essential Skills, the Government works in partnership with provincial and territorial governments, employers and community organizations to provide Canadians with the resources they need to take advantage of job opportunities, contribute to their communities and share in the country’s prosperity. The Office of Literacy and Essential Skills provides funding through the Adult Learning, Literacy and Essential Skills Program and the National Essential Skills Initiative.


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