Literacy and Essential Skills

Across Canada, employers, educators, labour organizations and governments are working together to ensure that Canadians have the literacy and essential skills needed for full participation in home and community life. By improving literacy and essential skills levels, workers can increase their productivity and safety at work, becoming active contributors to Canada's economy.

Essential Skills

Literacy and essential skills competencies underpin success in both the workplace and in life. These critical, foundational skills allow us to accurately and effectively access information and solve problems in a complex, ever-changing and knowledge-intensive society.

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Essential Skills Framework


Essential skills are the skills needed to carry out everyday tasks for work, learning and life. They are applied in all occupations and enable individuals to perform workplace tasks. They are foundational skills upon which all other skills are built and are a good indicator of an individual's ability to adapt to change.

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