Low literacy costs all of us money—an estimated $5 billion in 1987.16
There is the time lost, information not understood, errors made, work having to be redone, appointments missed, and underemployment. Our own economy and our ability to compete in the expanding global economy are affected by low literacy skills of many of the population.
Employment problems for low literacy Canadians are growing and that affects Canadian business.17
16. Canadian Business Task Force on Literacy, Measuring
the Costs of Illiteracy in Canada (1988), see generally.
17. Robert Deslauriers, The Impact of Employee Illiteracy on Canadian Business (Ottawa: Conference Board of Canada, 1992), see generally.