The federal government should take the lead in developing a
pan-Canadian literacy and essential skills strategy built on renewed
partnerships between federal, provincial, and territorial governments, national
and provincial literacy organizations, and community stakeholders.
The federal government should validate and support literacy
and essential skills development as an integral component of the "culture of
lifelong learning" that our country will need to meet the demands of the
The federal government should expand the mandate and
resources of the National Literacy Secretariat.
HRDC should take the lead in developing protocols for
examining government programs and policies through a "literacy lens". As a
first step, HRDC should examine its own programs and policies to maximize their
potential to support adult literacy and essential skills development.
The voluntary sector plays an important role in literacy
delivery and administration across the country. The federal government should
ensure that its literacy initiatives acknowledge and support this important
role and contribution.
HRDC should develop and support policies that position adult
literacy and essential skills development as a community development issue.
The federal government should take a leadership role in
supporting family literacy development, in collaboration with
provincial/territorial governments and the family literacy community.
The federal government should build on current expertise and
best practices in workforce literacy through the development of tax incentives;
infrastructure development; public awareness campaigns and supportive policies.
The federal government should support the development and
implementation of a multi-government Aboriginal Literacy Action Plan that is
owned and maintained by Aboriginal people.
The federal government should ensure that strategies and
programs for immigrant and refugee integration take literacy and essential
skills training needs into consideration.
HRDC should work with the literacy community to increase the
availability and application of technologies in the field.
The federal government should ensure that all vital
information is accessible to less literate Canadians by using plain language in
its own communications and promoting the uses of plain language in all public