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A commercial project of Copian: Connecting Canadians in Learning, the First Nations, Inuit and Métis ES Inventory Project (FIMESIP) website was designed to gain a better understanding of the state of practice with respect to Essential Skills initiatives tailored to First Nations, Inuit and Métis youth and adults living in diverse communities throughout Canada. An objective was also to share these insights and lessons learned with the larger community of practice.
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Minister Kenney talks jobs during tour of Grey Bruce region of Ontario

Employment Minister Jason Kenney visited the Bruce Power nuclear facility recently and applauded the company’s investments in employee training and apprenticeship to address the skills pressures in the nuclear industry. He also praised Bruce Power’s training centre and student internship programs.
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Soaring tuition costs force students to work more hours: analysis

Many university students have to work double, triple and in some cases six times the number of hours in minimum-wage jobs to afford tuition costs compared to 40 years ago, according to Statistics Canada data analyzed by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.
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A new report has confirmed that a large majority of college graduates continue to find jobs shortly after they graduate. The results show 83.4 per cent of college graduates found employment within six months of graduation.
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Ontario issues progress reports for health and education

Ontario is continuing to invest in public services to help people in their everyday lives, to build a strong workforce and to ensure families have the high-quality health care they need. The province has released its Health Care and Education Progress Reports, which outline the government's accomplishments since 2003 to drive change and improve the lives of people across the province.
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"We all agree that we need action on First Nations education because it is crucial for our children and it is crucial for our shared future. But we must get it right. Each nation will need to determine for themselves if this bill meets their needs and our demand for an approach that places our children front and centre and is founded on our rights, treaties and jurisdiction." - Assembly of First Nations Chief Shawn Atleo
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Have you heard of NALES? Read on

"Last year, the three territorial literacy coalitions signed a memorandum of agreement, and the Northern Alliance for Literacy and Essential Skills (NALES) was born. Each literacy council is still an independent body, with its own projects, but we realized the power of numbers and the potential for working together on projects of mutual interest." - Helen Balanoff on behalf of Northern Alliance for Literacy and Essential Skills (NALES)
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CMEC has just published an Assessment Matters! research note on the problem-solving skills of Canadian 15-year-olds. The note uses data from the recently released OECD report on problem solving from the 2012 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). OECD results show that only seven of the 44 participating countries, and only two OECD countries, achieved a higher average score in problem solving than Canada.
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Celebrating 25 years of Copian: Canada's premier national adult literacy database

In 2014, adult literacy educators in Canada and other nations celebrate 25 years of service by Copian, formerly known as the National Adult Literacy Database (NALD).
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The Migrant Workers Alliance for Change, Canada's largest migrant worker coalition, will be participating in the launch of Lawyer and Professor Fay Faraday's groundbreaking new report titled Profiting from the Precarious: How Recruitment Practices Exploit Migrant Workers.
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The Stop the Trades Tax Campaign welcomes media reports that federal Employment and Social Development Minster Jason Kenney will call on the Ontario Liberal government to put a stop to its plan to force compulsory certification on carpenters throughout the province.
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I'm Still Learning! is the tagline for Adult Learners’ Week 2014 which runs from March 29 to April 6. One of its goals is the promotion of a culture of lifelong learning, and CFUW, as a representative on the Education Sub-Committee of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, is a strong supporter of this goal.
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Fanshawe College - Always relevant, always changing

At a celebration live-streamed to staff at all campuses, Fanshawe College President Peter Devlin unveiled the College's new brand and visual identity. The new brand promise - to educate, engage, empower and excite - reflects Fanshawe's desire to help people reach their full potential.
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Essential Skills Ontario recently released the second of its 2014 Essential Skills Bulletins on PIAAC - the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies.
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Complete FIMESIP survey by April 7 and you could win an iPad mini

Less than a week remains to complete the First Nations, Inuit and Métis Essential Skills Inventory Project (FIMESIP) website survey in order to be eligible to win an iPad mini. The survey, which closes April 7, is for everyone working to support workforce, literacy and essential skills development of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples in Canada.
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This report from the Canadian Literacy and Learning Network (CLLN) is a must-read for everyone with an interest in the practitioners/workers/educators who work in the literacy and essential skills (LES) field and the students/learners whom these individuals work tirelessly to support.
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Call for presenters: Laubach Literacy Ontario Conference 2014

Laubach Literacy Ontario is organizing a two-day conference and Annual General Meeting (AGM) at Lakehead University, Orillia, Ontario, from Friday, June 13, to Saturday, June 14. The conference is co-hosted by the Orillia & District Literacy Council and the Literacy Society of South Muskoka.
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Provincial and territorial ministers of education join with Canadians this week to mark Adult Learners’ Week in Canada (ALW 2014). First established in 2000 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), ALW serves to raise awareness of the importance of adult learning and its integral role in the lifelong learning process. ALW has been celebrated in Canada since 2002 under the auspices of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO.
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Employers must help to fill void in essential skills

Janet Lane is the director of human capital policy at the Canada West Foundation. There's been a lot of talk lately in government and business about Canada's skilled worker shortage, but much of it misses a critical point. What we should be talking about instead is the shortage in workers with adequate essential skills.
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Essential Skills Video Contest

Enter your video on the importance of essential skills and earn a chance to win a half day on set with Mike Holmes, Canada’s most trusted contractor!
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Canada’s hidden skills gap

There has been a lot of talk lately in government and business about the skilled worker shortage in Canada. But a lot of that talk misses a critical point. What we should be talking about instead is the shortage in workers who have adequate essential skills.
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All across Canada, people are celebrating Adult Learners’ Week!

For information on what is taking place during ALW, visit the following online centres: COPIAN, CCU, SQAF, and the joint RESDAC/CLLN/COPIAN Facebook page dedicated to ALW. Do not hesitate to jump in and promote ALW. Tools and resources are available for you to use.
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Preparing Newcomers for life in Canada

During his remarks, the Minister announced an additional investment in the CIIP of $1.9 million over the next six months, and highlighted the work that is underway with the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) to explore new ways of delivering overseas services. This funding will help more immigrants prepare for life in Canada.
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Literacy and Essential Skills funds lacking, according to Brigid Hayes' Blog

In her Blog, Brigid Hayes writes about federal government funding at the Adult Learning, Literacy and Essential Skills Program, administered by the Office of Literacy and Essential Skills (OLES).
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Partnership aimed at raising Canadians' financial literacy skills

Minister of State (Finance) Kevin Sorenson joined representatives of ABC Life Literacy Canada and the TD Bank Group for the launch of their Money Matters program. Also attending were program participants, who will be learning about the availability of resources and tools to help them make informed decisions about managing their personal finances.
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The goal of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis Essential Skills Inventory Project (FIMESIP) is to gain a better understanding of the state of practice with respect to Essential Skills initiatives tailored to First Nations, Inuit and Métis youth and adults living in diverse communities throughout Canada and to share these insights and lessons learned with a larger community of practice.
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Ontario fostering talent and skills for the new economy

Premier Kathleen Wynne has announced two projects under Ontario's new $25-million Youth Skills Connections fund. George Brown College and Ryerson University will use the investment to partner with business and labour to deliver specialized programs that will prepare 212 young people for jobs in the food, metal manufacturing and information communications technology sectors.
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CLLN announces new Aboriginal financial literacy project

Canadian Literacy and Learning Network (CLLN) is pleased to announce the launch of its new Aboriginal Financial Literacy Project, undertaken in partnership with the Ontario Native Literacy Coalition (ONLC). This project has been made possible by the support of the TD Financial Literacy Grant Fund, which is administered by Social and Enterprise Development Innovations (SEDI).
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Adult learners yearn to learn and earn

"During Adult Learners’ Week March 29 to April 6, 2014, the world celebrates adult learners like Maura, Linda and millions of others around the globe who have found the desire, time and energy to pursue their dreams for education and learning. It is imperative that governments provide opportunities and resources for these adults who have both the need and the desire to learn."
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Three-year degrees at Ontario colleges will help produce a stronger workforce

"Ontario's employers are telling us that they need more graduates from post-secondary programs that are career-specific," said David Agnew, the president of Seneca College and chair of Colleges Ontario. "Allowing Ontario colleges to offer three-year degrees will encourage more people to complete post-secondary programs that prepare them for meaningful careers."
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