Literacy Networks

  • The main role of Literacy Networks is to facilitate the Literacy Community Planning Process (LCP). They function as a liaison between Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD) and local literacy providers as a group. Literacy Networks also function to build partnerships and collaboration in the community between literacy providers and other community stakeholders. Literacy Networks may also undertake a variety of other activities related to literacy, such as research, training or assessment services.

  • LCP stands for Literacy Community Planning. This is a process by which all of the literacy service providers in a region co‐ordinate and plan services. This co‐ordination culminates in an annual Literacy Service Plan (LSP).

  • No. However, every literacy network has information about, and can provide referrals to, any of the LBS programs in its region.

  • Literacy Networks are part of Employment Ontario umbrella of services, funded by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD).

Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS)

Literacy and Essential Skills

  • An international definition of literacy was established from the International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS‐1994) study: “Literacy is 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.

  • Both the IALS (1994) and the follow‐up Adult Learning & Lifeskills Survey (ALLS‐2003), found that 42% of all Canadians have difficulty with everyday literacy tasks. The 2013 Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIACC) Results supported the evidence that literacy remains an issue in Canada. PIACC also indicated that those leaving the workforce have a higher skill set than those entering the workforce, resulting in a skills gap.

  • The term Essential Skills, in Canada, is generally used to refer to the system developed by Human Resources & Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) as a comprehensive description of the range of skills which are “essential” for work, learning and life. This includes Reading Text, Document Use, Numeracy, Writing, Oral Communication, Working with Others, Continuous Learning, Thinking Skills, and Computer Use. Go to the Essentials Skills homepage for further information