Turning the page on workplace literacy: a policy discussion

When: Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 10:30 - 15:30

Where: Moncton, New Brunswick

Poor workplace literacy is Canada’s greatest productivity challenge. Literacy is not just the ability to read and write, but to do so well; to communicate effectively orally and in writing and to aptly navigate civic, health and financial material in order to make informed decisions, plan ahead and to educate children and younger generations to care for themselves.

Canadian literacy levels have been in decline since 2003. Today, 48 per cent of Canadian adults still do not read at a high school level. Low literacy translates into decreased financial security, a lower standard of living as a result of a lower income, and poorly informed health decisions. Very practically, low literacy and essential skills can result in misunderstanding instructions, the inability to address a tricky situation, or worse, severe workplace injuries. 

The Public Policy Forum, in partnership with ABC Life Literacy Canada and the Government of New Brunswick, is examining the prevalence and associated issues and challenges of identifying and overcoming workplace literacy and essential skills in Canada. There are no secrets here. We know the barriers to workplace literacy and other essential skills. We know how to address the gap. So why aren’t employers stepping up? These questions and more will be the subject of our November 15 roundtable in Moncton.

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

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