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  • July 31, 2017

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Ontario Equipping More Adults with Essential Job Skills for Free Province Doubling Investment in Literacy, Math and Digital Skills Training to Prepare People for Changing Economy

July 26, 2017.


Ontario is providing more free skills training for adults to help equip people with essential literacy, math, and digital skills and prepare them for the changing economy.


MPP Peter Milczyn, Etobicoke-Lakeshore, was at LAMP Community Health Centre in the riding to announce this historic new investment. The LAMP Adult Learning Program will receive a funding increase of 16.5 per cent, a total increase of $16, 069, bringing the current 2017/18 budget from $97,300 to $113, 369. This increase will help LAMP to continue to provide the important services in literacy and basic skills that they offer to the community.


Ontario is providing free reading, writing, math and digital skills training to an additional 80,000 adult learners across Ontario over four years. In 2015-16, the province helped more than 42,000 learners develop these essential skills through its investments in adult education.


As the economy and labour market become more technology and knowledge-based, new skills are required. Fifteen per cent of working-age adults in Ontario have difficulty understanding calculations, reading instructions or working with a computer. This new investment will help more people get the training and skills they need to pursue employment and educational goals in a changing economy.


Ensuring adult learners have the skills to succeed is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.




"The economy is changing and our government is determined to see that no one is left behind. To do this, we need to ensure that people in Ontario of all ages and at all stages of their lives are able to easily access high-quality training that will prepare them for the jobs of today and tomorrow. That’s why our government has made this investment in literacy and essential skills that will help more than 80,000 additional adult learners across the province."

- Deb Matthews

Deputy Premier and Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development

“Literacy and basic skills training for adult learners – skills including reading, writing, oral communication, numeracy, document use, computer use, and teamwork – are critical to their success. These skills help them to get jobs, continue their education and training, and contribute to their communities.  I am very pleased that the Government of Ontario is significantly increasing its investment in adult students and literacy programs across the province.”

-MPP Peter Milczyn, Etobicoke-Lakeshore


“We are happy that this provincial funding represents a permanent increase to base funding to Literacy and Basic Skills providers like LAMP. This will help increase our capacity to support the needs of adult students with literacy challenges and expand our services so as to better support adults who could benefit from upgrading their skills.”

- Russ Ford

Executive Director, LAMP Community Health Services




•           This $185 million investment means that Ontario will double its support for essential skills training by 2020-21, helping an additional 80,000 learners improve and upgrade literacy and skills.

•           This initiative is part of the government’s Lifelong Learning and Skills Plan, which will ensure that Ontario’s adult learners and workers have the support they need to adapt and thrive at every stage of their career.

•           The Premier’s Highly Skilled Workforce Expert Panel advised that improving literacy was important to developing a workforce prepared for the demands of the modern economy, and made several recommendations to improve adult learning opportunities.

•           Studies have found that a one per cent increase in literacy can lead to a 2.5 per cent increase in labour productivity.




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