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On January 27, 2014, Family Literacy Day will celebrate 16 years of learning together. The initiative, first celebrated by ABC Life Literacy Canada in 1999, has since been embraced by literacy and learning organizations such as schools and libraries in communities across Canada.
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On December 3, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) will release results from the 2012 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA 2012). PISA is a triennial survey of the knowledge and skills of 15-year-olds near the end of their compulsory schooling.
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Canadians migrating for work at highest level in almost 25 years, BMO says

The number of Canadian workers migrating between provinces in search of jobs has hit its highest level in almost 25 years, according to a Bank of Montreal analysis. Most are heading to Alberta and Saskatchewan, and leaving from British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada, the study shows.
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Each year, the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE) holds a conference to bring together education professionals committed to excellence in the provision of innovation in education. The CNIE-RCIÉ 2014 conference will provide an avenue to explore and discuss how innovative learning can arise when various elements come together.
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Canada's theme for IEW 2013 is "International Education Week: Celebrating Canada's Engagement with the World." The theme underscores the importance that Canada places on international education in all its forms, from studying abroad and international service work to hosting international elementary, secondary, and post-secondary students and encouraging qualified foreign students to make Canada their new home.
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Canadian workers lead the list of those surveyed about job satisfaction

Monster.ca, the leader in successfully connecting people to job opportunities, and GfK, an independent global market research company, have released new survey data looking at levels of job satisfaction among Canadian workers. The survey found that nearly two thirds (64%) love or like their job a lot and only 7% don't like their current role. Compared to international results, the research revealed that Canadian workers are the most satisfied labour force.
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Special Money Matters SROI webcast, November 25

ABC Life Literacy Canada invites you to a special webcast on November 25 about Money Matters, and the social return on investment (SROI) of this unique financial literacy program. The webcast will also include an overview of SROI, a measurement framework that non-profits can use to demonstrate value to funders.
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Many Canadians think about the non-profit sector more often heading into the holiday season and donate time and money to help out these organizations. What more job hunters appear to be considering is the fact that the sector employs hundreds of thousands of workers across the country and they're increasingly willing to contemplate full-time careers in the not-for-profit world.
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Key document for Canada - from ACCC - Copian's Feature of the Month

Our feature this month shines the spotlight on a new document from the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC). The practical guide is designed to assist practitioners in their work of developing essential skills and increasing participation and success among groups who fare poorly in the labour market.
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Trades council gathers to discuss harmonization of apprenticeship requirements

Unifor is pushing for the harmonization of apprenticeships across Canada. Similar to the Red Seal program, which allows skilled trades workers to relocate and maintain their credentials, Unifor and other stakeholders believe there needs to be a similar program for apprenticeships.
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Webinar: Innovative approaches to improving the literacy and essential skills of immigrants

The Office of Literacy and Essential Skills (OLES) at Employment and Social Development Canada invites you to plug in from your computer on November 21 and join them for a free webinar that will explore innovative approaches that integrate essential skills into settlement services.
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From what began as a small gathering in 2002, the Scotiabank Giller Light Bash has grown into a popular cultural event across the country to raise money for Frontier College, Canada's original literacy organization.
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Essential Skills Day feedback survey for ABC Life Literacy Canada

ABC Life Literacy Canada would appreciate your feedback on Essential Skills Day through this short survey. Those who complete the survey before Friday, November 15, 2013, will be entered for the chance to win a fall book collection.
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Research measures impact of financial literacy skills

To kick off November and Financial Literacy Month, SiMPACT Strategy Group has released a new study examining the social return on investment (SROI) for Money Matters, a financial literacy and education savings program, developed by ABC Life Literacy Canada.
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Free Money Matters webinar for literacy practitioners and librarians Wednesday, November 13

Register for a free 30-minute information webinar to be held on Wednesday, November 13, at 1 p.m. EST. Find out how Money Matters works, and how it can start your adult learners on their journey to a better financial future.
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Aboriginal literacy focus of Banff conference

Aboriginal community leaders are in Banff this week talking about ways to boost literacy in native communities. It’s the first of three policy roundtables planned by the National Reading Campaign over the next three years to tackle the issue.
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ESL Literacy Network hosting webinars on enriching teaching practice

The ESL Literacy Network supports continuous learning by offering professional development workshops and webinars. You're invited to participate in its upcoming training and to learn more about previous training sessions.
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How important are educational expectations?

Assessment Matters! is a series of policy-oriented research notes designed to explore educational issues in Canada and Canadian jurisdictions. The notes are based on the results of international and national assessment programs, including the Pan-Canadian Assessment Program (PCAP), the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS), and the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS).
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U.S. workers could help plug skills gap in Canada

Labour-starved employers should take a short look south to American workers, according to a new study by The Conference Board of Canada. Alberta has been at the forefront of a strategy to recruit U.S. workers, particularly for resource projects, but Saskatchewan and Manitoba are also increasingly facing labour shortages.
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SAIT Polytechnic named top research college in Canada

"This is a significant recognition for SAIT Polytechnic and an important milestone for applied research in Canada,” said David Ross, president and chief executive of SAIT Polytechnic. “Collaboration is the cornerstone of our model. SAIT students and instructors work alongside industry partners, supported by investments from both the federal and provincial government, to turn ideas into real world, practical solutions.”
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Minister Kenney calls for provincial action on apprenticeship reform

In remarks to the Canadian Council of Directors of Apprenticeship, Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister for Multiculturalism, called for provinces to take immediate action to reform their apprenticeship systems.
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While corporate Canada grapples with the challenges associated with Canada's ongoing skills shortage, Canadian employees see a silver lining. According to Hays Canada's survey What People Want 2013, which collected data from more than 3,000 working and non working Canadians, 88 per cent plan on, or are considering acquiring news skills to capitalize on skills shortages in other industries.
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CUPE celebrates 50th anniversary at national convention

Delegates to the biennial convention will celebrate CUPE's last 50 years and the progress it's made as Canada's largest union in improving wages, benefits, pensions and working conditions for all workers. Reflecting on CUPE's achievements, delegates will debate and discuss the union's policy priorities for the next two years, and how CUPE members across the country can unite for fairness in workplaces and communities.
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In a keynote speech at the Association of Canadian Community Colleges, Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister for Multiculturalism, emphasized the importance of the skilled trades and the vital role of Canada’s colleges in preparing the skilled workforce of the future.
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The National Reading Campaign is facilitating roundtables to explore approaches and create an effective plan to promote access to reading on and off reserves for children and youth. For this event, Aboriginal role model Richard Wagamese has agreed to be the opening keynote speaker.
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Did you know that only one-third of Canadian youth, aged 10 to 17, say that their parents regularly talk with them about money and finances? Parents, it's time for those conversations to start taking place.
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Canadians do 'OK' in international adult skills survey

While in general terms Canada placed slightly above the OECD average, the PIAAC survey also showed a large gulf within the population. A large percentage were easily able to master complex problem solving skills but the survey showed that a substantial number of Canadians had marked difficulties.
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Eleanor Catton, a Canadian-born writer who grew up in New Zealand, was named the winner of this year’s Man Booker Prize on Tuesday evening at a gala reception in London. Considered one of the most prestigious literary prizes in the world, the Booker is worth about $87,000, or £52,500.
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The terrible effects of literacy and numeracy problems on human health, wealth and happiness are unseen. The victims face lifelong shame, guilt and failure. I hope my story will open eyes to the real destruction of this hidden epidemic and give courage to those willing to come forward and attend classes.” – author of Ellen’s Story
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Statistics Canada's Labour Force Survey for September 2013

Employment in Canada was little changed in September, while the unemployment rate declined 0.2 percentage points to 6.9% as fewer youths searched for work. Employment was up 1.2% (+212,000) compared with 12 months earlier. During this same period, however, the employment rate was little changed, as employment and the working-age population grew at a similar pace.
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