Our proposed adult education policy framework for Ontario builds on the experience of other jurisdictions, the advice of stakeholders, and the advice in the literature consulted.
Through the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC) and interjurisdictional collaboration, education ministers have a forum to support and improve adult education and training to obtain both economic and social benefits by sharing expertise and best practices and by developing a definition and a policy framework for adult education in Canada
CMEC conducted a survey of provinces and territories in June 2003. At that time, only Quebec, Alberta, and New Brunswick had developed or were developing comprehensive policy frameworks in lifelong learning.25 Ontario's Adult Education Review had not yet begun.
The CMEC study included an overview of international trends in adult education and lifelong learning. The following were of interest to Ontario:
The report of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)27 concludes that the key to improving adult learning opportunities in member countries lies in an integrated approach to policies and practices regarding access and participation. The report highlights five key dimensions of policy initiatives:
The OECD report concludes by stressing the importance of making explicit the roles of the various actors in adult learning — individuals, business, delivery agents, and government — if a policy framework is to be implemented successfully
25 John Biss, Adult Learning and Adult Education, p. ii.
26 John Biss, Adult Learning and Adult Education, pp. 10-12.
27 Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Beyond Rhetoric: Adult Learning Policies and Practices: Highlights (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, 2003), p. 8.