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Adult Basic Education Funding Increases in Saskatchewan

The provincial government is providing $25 million in Adult Basic Education (ABE) funding for 2014-15, representing a 9.1 per cent increase in ABE funding over 2013-14 and supporting a total of 700 new training opportunities. The increase in funds is part of $42 million for post-secondary and skills training grants in Saskatchewan.
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P.E.I. Literacy Alliance says it's at risk of folding

The federal government says it has cut core funding to literacy groups across the country in order to focus on program funding. Federal funding for many literacy organizations has been cut. The P.E.I. Literacy Alliance says it cannot survive without it, and Literacy Nova Scotia has mounted a campaign to have the cuts reversed.
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New online labour market information tool announced in New Brunswick

The provincial government has launched the New Brunswick Occupational Profiles, a new user-friendly online labour market information tool. Profiles are comprehensive and include a description of the occupation, information about the current workforce, employment prospects and hiring demand information, educational pathways to the occupation and useful contacts.
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Canada's first Financial Literacy Leader, Jane Rooney, is looking for influential people within the public, private and non-profit sector across the country to serve on the country's first National Steering Committee on Financial Literacy. The Minister of State (Finance) will play a key role in shaping the membership of the Steering Committee.
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Canada's foundation for success is weakening

Canada has been a strong performer in postsecondary education and skills development for many years. On key measures we are at or near the top of international rankings and highly skilled Canadians contribute to economic prosperity, social innovation, and political and community well-being. But there are signs that Canada’s performance may be deteriorating.
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Adult learners rally to send strong message to federal government

The federal government’s call to cut funding to community literacy groups hits home for Mike Boutilier. Boutilier, 35, recently learned how to read by taking classes at the Dartmouth Learning Network.
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Literacy organizations say federal government abandoning them

The federal government is being accused of quietly dismantling the adult literacy and essential skills sector by cancelling core funding to numerous national and provincial literacy agencies. Employment and Social Development Canada last year sought proposals from groups interested in being part of a pan-Canadian network focused on improving the labour market outcomes of Canadians.
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Practical PIAAC: What Alberta Practitioners Need to Know

Canadian literacy guru Brigid Hayes will guide participants through an overview of the survey from a layperson’s perspective. She will explore the question of does PIAAC matter, and if so, how does it matter? Brigid will also highlight policy and practice implications of the survey.
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The turn of the millennium witnessed a number of national summits and conferences to improve adult literacy education in Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States. All of these meetings had the goal of increasing funding for and participation in adult literacy education in these nations. But now, a decade and a half into the new millennium, adult literacy education in these three nations is in decline.
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Manage your finances like you’d eat an elephant

As founder of Employee Financial Well-Being, a Toronto-based organization that promotes financial literacy education, Frank Wiginton is persuading companies and organizations to step up and add financial literacy to their list of wellness offerings.
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Indigo Love of Reading Foundation Marks 10 Year Anniversary

During the past 10 years, more than 1.5 million books have made their way into the hands of children through the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation. To date the Foundation has committed more than $17 million to 1,600 elementary schools in Canada
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CUPE condemns cuts to literacy programs

CUPE is demanding the federal Conservative government reverse its decision to cut funding for literacy organizations across Canada. Paul Moist, national president of CUPE, says the cuts will hurt Canada’s most vulnerable and hurt the economy.
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RESDAC: The Skill Development Financing Debate: Off to a Bad Start

The current debate over financing for the Réseau pour le développement de l'alphabétisme et des competences (RESDAC) in Canada is getting out of hand. To claim, as Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) did, that "for many years federal literacy funding was going to the same organizations to cover the costs of administration and research papers instead of funding projects that result in improving the literacy skills of Canadians" is false.
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The federal government has cut funding to numerous adult literacy programs in a restructuring that has left many groups scrambling. “Some organizations across Canada will be seeing layoffs for sure,” said Phillip Hoffman, executive director of Literacy Alberta. “They are happening across Canada."
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There has never been a more important time to support adult learning. For over twenty years, Literacy Nova Scotia has been supporting the literacy community by working to ensure that all Nova Scotians have equal access to quality literacy, essential skills, and lifelong learning opportunities. Our board of directors is not taking lightly the federal government’s decision to cut literacy funding.
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It appears that the federal government has decided to quietly collapse Canada’s national literacy and essential skills network.
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As of July 1, 2014, The Centre for Literacy will move into a “bridging phase” in a smaller space at the same address with a skeleton staff. Sadly, we will lose most of our expert and dedicated staff, many with us for years.
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Federal funding cuts to Literacy and Essential Skills in Canada

As many in the Literacy and Essential Skills field are aware, the federal government, through the Office of Literacy and Essential Skills (OLES) has decided to withdraw operational funding from many organizations across the country, including here at Copian. This has meant a reduction in staff and in services here and at many other non-profit LES organizations throughout Canada. We're tracking news from across the country. Find it all in one place here.
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Linking With LINCS: Listening Skills in Adult Education by Tom Sticht

In the United States, adult education practitioners have access to a series of internet-based discussion groups called The LINCS Community. The LINCS discussion lists are funded by the U. S. Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE). On May 2, 2014, several of the discussion lists dealt with the topic of listening skills.
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5 Reasons to Hire and Train an Apprentice

Across Canada and around the world, skilled tradespeople are in high demand. As an employer, you may be finding it difficult to attract people with the right mix of skills and experience. If your ability to take on new contracts, expand your business and grow your bottom line depends on skilled tradespeople, consider these five good reasons to hire and train an apprentice.
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Over the next several years, the food processing industry - one of the largest growing sectors in Ontario and the largest manufacturing contributor to Canada’s Gross Domestic Product - will need to fill at least 30,000 new positions. Unfortunately, employers in this sector are struggling to find and retain workers, placing the industry in a precarious position.
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Saskatchewan and national student workplace safety video contest winners announced

Federal and Saskatchewan labour ministers announced the winners of the second annual It’s Your Job! video contest with students at Humboldt Collegiate Institute. Students Dylan Pappenfoot, Logan Seipp and Dylan Stadnyk won the provincial award and received the most votes in the National Fan Favourite category for their video Just Ask. The contest engages high school aged youth in the development and production of workplace safety videos, to promote workplace safety among their peers.
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CBC Radio: Literacy in Kamloops in three steps

Is there a trick to getting reluctant readers to love books? It's free for families at the North Kamloops Library. "Three steps to literacy"is a series of workshops that kicked off Monday morning.
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Atlantic Provinces Continue Streamlining Apprenticeship

Four Atlantic Premiers signed a memorandum of understanding on May 26, that will establish common training, certifications and standards to help apprentices complete training and work within the region more easily. This agreement is the first of its kind in the country.
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Government of Manitoba Announces First of New Skill Build Shops in High Schools

New Centres to Create More Opportunities for Young People to Receive Skills Training for In-demand Jobs
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B.C.'s Blueprint offers new approach to skills training

British Columbia is expecting significant growth in the natural resources industry over the next decade, with most major projects located in northern or remote communities. The province needs to be ready with the skilled workers. The Blueprint is a comprehensive plan to re-engineer the education and training system to align with labour market needs, at the right time and in the right place.
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Strengthening Rural Canada

Small and rural communities across Canada are integral to our environment, add to our nation’s unique cultural fabric and provide the essential natural resources for cities and suburbs to grow. When rural communities succeed economically, all of Canada succeeds.
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Calgary Learns needs your input on Professional Development

Whether you are attending our Community Consultation on May 29th or not, please ensure you take the opportunity to share your needs for professional development in the area of foundational learning by completing the survey. This community input will serve as start of our conversation at the Community Consultation so please take the 5-10 minutes to share your perspectives before the May 26th deadline.
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Learn what you need to know to comply with the new rules regarding your online and electronic communications.
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Every year the event draws esteemed speakers and authors to talk to youth about literacy and the importance of learning for life.
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