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  • April 29, 2011


McGuinty Government Helping Ontarians Upgrade Their Skills

VAUGHAN - This year, more people in York Region will be able to get literacy and basic skills upgrading and training that will help open the door to a good job and a stronger future.

Ontario’s 2011 Budget -Turning The Corner committed to permanently increase base funding to every literacy organization in the province. This additional funding will provide ongoing support to ensure literacy organizations can continue to deliver programs and serve more learners.

In York Region, five agencies are receiving over $2.5 million to help 1,493 learners. These agencies include programs with Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology, the Literacy Council of York-Simcoe, the Literacy Council of York South, the York Region District School Board, and the Learning Centre for Georgina.

Literacy and basic skills training is part of the McGuinty government's Open Ontario plan to help everyone succeed and build a knowledge-based economy for the future.


“Ensuring every adult has the opportunity to upgrade their skills is one of the best investments we can make. Not only does it help more people succeed, but it builds a strong foundation for our local economy.”
- Greg Sorbara, MPP for Vaughan

“Increased funding will ensure literacy and basic skills programs can continue to educate individuals allowing them to actively contribute to a stronger economy.”
- Dr. Helena Jaczek, MPP for Oak Ridges-Markham

“Literacy is an important and essential skill. This significant investment in York Region literacy organizations delivers on our government’s commitment to help support individuals to achieve their goals and better participate in all that our great province of Ontario has to offer.”
- Michael Chan, M.P.P., Markham-Unionville

"Providing support for people to build their literacy skills will only help them to excel and thrive in our economy. Literacy organizations in York Region play a significant role in helping those in our community, and the results thus far are very encouraging."
- Reza Moridi, MPP Richmond Hill

“We’re helping more people get the training they need to further their educational goals and find a good job. This is part of our plan to ensure everyone succeeds and raise the number of Ontarians with a postsecondary education and training credential to 70 per cent.”
- John Milloy, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities


  • Ontario is investing an additional $44 million in the Literacy and Basic Skills program over the next three years.
  • This year, more than 50,000 Ontarians will have access to literacy and basic skills upgrading and training.
  • Over 15,000 adults in York Region have been helped with literacy and basic skills since 2003.
  • Adults can access free help with literacy and basic skills at 340 sites across the province, including colleges, school boards and community-based organizations.
  • From 2003-2004 to 2010-2011, the McGuinty government invested $565 million in adult literacy and basic skills programs.
  • 3.4 million Ontario adults have literacy skills at less than a high school level.


Find your nearest Employment Ontario Literacy and Basic Skills service provider, or call 1-800-387-5656.

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