Literacy in Canada

46% of Canadians have some degree of difficulty with reading and writing in their daily life.

5 levels used to define literacy in Canada:
Literacy agencies in Canada use the International Adult Survey Levels to assess the abilities of literacy clients. Report summary and details

Literacy for Life Fact Sheets
Developed by the Canadian Literacy and Learning Network (CLLN); provide a series of two-pager highlights on literacy and related topics. Click here to view and download the most current version of these fact sheets.

The 9 Essential Skills with examples:

READING
The ability to understand reading materials in the form of sentences or paragraphs. Scan for information, skim overall meaning, evaluate what we read and integrate information from multiple sources such as emails, memos, manuals, and reports.

DOCUMENT USE
The ability to read, interpret and/or enter information in documents, labels, lists, graphs, charts, pay stubs, gauges, blueprints, schematic drawings, and schedules.

NUMERACY
The ability to use numbers and think in quantitative terms. Numerical estimating, money math, scheduling, budgeting and analyzing measurements or data.

WRITING
The ability to write with a clear purpose such as to inform or request information. Use appropriate sentence structure, punctuation, wording, and tone. Examples: Organize, record, document, provide information, persuade, request information from others and justify a request.

ORAL COMMUNICATION
The ability to use speech to give and exchange thoughts and information. Communicate information clearly and concisely: Greet people, take messages, reassure, persuade, seek information, resolve conflicts, and speak comfortably with clients and supervisors.

WORKING WITH OTHERS
The ability to work with other workers to carry out tasks. Work as a member of a team or jointly with a partner, and engage in supervisory or leadership activities.

THINKING
The ability to engage in the process of evaluating ideas or information to reach a rational decision. Solve problems, make decisions, think critically and plan and organize job tasks.

COMPUTER USE
The ability to use different kinds of computer applications and other related technical tools. Operate cash registers, use word processing software, send emails and create and modify spreadsheets.

CONTINUOUS LEARNING
The ability to participate in an ongoing process of acquiring skills and knowledge. Learn as part of regular work or from co-workers and when we access training in the workplace or off-site.

Importance of the Essential Skills