Building skills for a resilient workforce (Calgary)

When: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 08:30 - 11:30

Where: Calgary, Alberta

Canada’s competitive edge is no longer measured just by its investments in infrastructure or high tech manufacturing. Not even by its natural resources. Canada’s competitive edge depends on the ability of creative individuals and teams to generate and execute novel ideas. So why does Canada suffer from a chronic productivity deficit? Perhaps because 48 percent* of adult Canadians fall short of a high school reading level and lack the critical ability to express themselves clearly in writing. Poor literacy levels are at the heart of Canada’s great productivity challenge and a barrier to our inclusive economic growth. 

Literacy goes beyond just the ability to read and write; it is a matter of being able to communicate effectively orally. Without these foundational skills, one cannot navigate civic, health, financial and workplace materials so as to make informed decisions and plans, and contribute to the education of future generations. The ability to learn continuously enables us to be more engaged and effective citizens, employees, consumers and parents with tremendous spillover effects for our cities, provinces and Canada.

The Public Policy Forum, in partnership with ABC Life Literacy Canada, is examining the prevalence and associated issues and challenges with identifying and overcoming barriers to workplace learning and literacy in Canada.

Attendance to this event is by invitation only. For more information, please contact Rhonda Moore at

*OECD Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies, 2013


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