Literacy Lost: Canada's Basic Skills Shortfall

17 Jul 2019

A recent report from the Canada West Foundation states that 'to keep pace with changes in current and future jobs, the ability to keep learning is the most important basic skill for any job. Because literacy is the most important “learning to learn skill,” Canada’s workforce requires high levels of literacy. However, many Canadian workers have poor literacy skills'.

The report argues that while 'Canada’s provincial, territorial and federal governments are rapidly turning attention to the skill gaps in the economy and looking for the best ways to build them in the working-aged population, the solutions they implement will not succeed unless they also incorporate building literacy skills. Improving the literacy skills of Canada’s workforce – and putting them to full use – will close the skills gap and improve productivity'.

Read the full report here