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No longer NALD: We’re now ‘brand-new’

The National Adult Literacy Database took a major leap on September 30, 2013, by launching a new brand identity and changing its name to Copian. For almost a quarter of a century the organization has been an innovative leader in connecting Canadian literacy and learning organizations, in both official languages, to information, tools, expertise and each other, through the use of technology.
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Government of Canada marks fourth annual Essential Skills Day

Essential Skills Day brings attention to the importance of essential skills training to strengthening Canada’s workforce. Jason Kenney, Minister for Employment and Social Development, says that "Employers, community organizations, and governments all have a role in ensuring that Canadians have the skills needed to successfully secure jobs and succeed in the workplace.”
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In celebration of the fourth annual Essential Skills Day, September 27, Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development, joined officials from ABC Life Literacy Canada, RESDAC and Skills Canada to tour workforce training programs at Algonquin College in Ottawa.
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PIAAC: What’s happening on October 8 and beyond - Update from CLLN

On October 8 the first data from the PIAAC survey will be released to the public. This update from CLLN covers the basics of what to expect on release day and over the following weeks as Canadians and international stakeholders respond to the findings. CLLN has been informed that on Tuesday, October 8, there will be an early morning announcement expected to be made by the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC).
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Does your workplace have a learning culture?

Canadians of all ages go back to school in September, but learning that takes place outside the classroom is increasingly being recognized as a key factor for a thriving economy and a fulfilling life. Following Labour Day, many workplaces move into full swing with preparations for Learn@Work Week (L@WW), an annual event organized by the Canadian Society for Training and Development (CSTD).
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Provincial and territorial labour ministers met to discuss skills training and the renewal of Labour Market Agreements at the Council of the Federation meeting in July 2013. Premiers unanimously expressed concern that the proposed Canada Job Grant would jeopardize the success of current labour market programs already in place. The premiers of British Columbia and New Brunswick were asked to take the lead on issues related to labour market and skills training.
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OECD to release PIAAC results on October 8 – information from CMEC

Mark your calendar! On October 8, 2013, OECD will be releasing the first results from its landmark study, the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC). A Canadian report will come out on the same day.
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Adult Learners' Week in Canada: March 29 - April 6, 2014 - "I'm still learning!"

Adult Learners’ Week (ALW) celebrates lifelong learning, one of several essential factors in developing more inclusive societies. ALW, which was designated UNESCO in 2000, is celebrated in many countries where there is a growing interest in lifelong learning and its positive role in developing viable societies.
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How much does it cost to own a home?

Whether it’s a bungalow, a condo or a duplex, owning a home is a huge accomplishment. But it’s also a significant financial responsibility. While home ownership can bring a tremendous sense of pride and achievement, before buying a home it’s important to take into consideration everything from its physical upkeep to paying for the mortgage, home insurance and property taxes.
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New resource from Imagine Canada on earned income

This report is Imagine Canada’s first one focused on earned income based on a summary of findings from their Sector Monitor program. The desire for earned income data stems from Imagine Canada’s National Engagement Strategy and subsequent discussions around solidifying the funding base for the sector, one of which is about creating a supportive environment for earned income activities.
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Which areas of post-secondary study offer the most opportunities?

With the cost of higher-level learning at an all-time high (on average, Canadian students paid $5,581 in tuition fees in 2012-2013), some students are beginning to question whether a university education is worth the investment. While studies show university graduates fare better in the Canadian job market than uneducated workers, not all degrees can be treated equal.
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Many Canadian employers admit to skills shortage; few willing to address it

A new report by Ipsos Reid, commissioned by ABC Life Literacy Canada, reveals literacy and essential skills training key to skilled workforce. This report will be released via a live webinar on Tuesday, September 24, 2013.
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CODE's Burt award "aims to provide engaging and culturally-relevant books for young people across Canada by recognizing excellence in English-language literary works for Young Adults by First Nations, Métis and Inuit authors," (CODE).
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Assessing adult literacy in developing countries: Findings and impacts from LAMP - a webinar

This webinar is presented by The Centre for Literacy. Join Manuel Cardoso Fernandez, a UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) Program Specialist in the Learning Outcomes Section, for a webinar to discuss Literacy and Assessment Monitoring Programme (LAMP) findings and the effects that have changed the model of literacy assessment in developing countries.
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The federal government helps Canadian manufacturers create jobs and growth

The government is committed to helping Canadian manufacturers create jobs and growth across Canada. This measure builds on their strong record of lowering taxes and supporting Canada’s manufacturers by helping them make the additional investments needed to improve productivity and create jobs.
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Ottawa creating leadership opportunities for young francophone women across Canada

Dr. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, along with Royal Galipeau, Member of Parliament (MP) for Ottawa-Orléans, has announced Government of Canada support for a project to promote leadership among young francophone women across Canada.
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Temporary Foreign Worker Program still has problems, provinces say

Canada’s Labour Minister is pledging to consider further changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, with her provincial counterparts saying the revised system still leaves them in the dark over many details.
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Canadians should come first when it comes to local jobs, according to federal, provincial and territorial labour ministers as they gathered in Saskatoon for their annual meeting. In her first meeting with her provincial counterparts, federal Labour Minister Kellie Leitch focused on the need to hire from within before turning to other nations.
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In its submission to the Government of Canada’s 2014 Budget process, the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) remains focused on Canada’s skills gap, the need to provide Canadians with the advanced skills employers seek, and the need for enhanced workplace innovation.
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“CMEC is pleased to add its voice to the global celebration of literacy on this International Literacy Day,” said Dr. Andrew Parkin, Director General of CMEC. “This year's theme draws attention to the expanding definition of literacy in our time. Citizens now need to be able to understand and engage with multiple technologies along with mastering the foundational skills of reading, writing, and mathematics.”
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Canada's national literacy and essential skills organizations and provincial/territorial literacy coalitions are collaborating to prepare for the release of Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) data. Part of this preparation includes developing tools and resources to support the literacy field in their communications with stakeholders about PIAAC. To that end, this survey is being circulated to obtain your feedback. The deadline to complete the survey is Thursday, September 12, at 12 a.m. (EST).
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In recognition of International Literacy Day, Canada's premiers have announced the recipients of the ninth annual Council of the Federation Literacy Award. The award is presented in every province and territory, and recognizes outstanding achievement, innovative practice and excellence in literacy. It is awarded annually to educators, volunteers, learners, community organizations, non-governmental organizations and businesses.
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This infographic from QELA suggests there is more to literacy than learning your ABCs. It's about boosting essential skills and strengthening communities. "Partner with your local literacy and essential skills provider to help your community thrive." -- Quebec English Literacy Alliance
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Copyright Matters! covers subject of copyright in education in Canada

Can teachers play a sound recording or turn on a radio for students to listen to, or turn on a television for students to watch? Can teachers copy computer software for educational use? Answers to these questions and more can be found in Copyright Matters! from the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC).
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ABC declares September Life Literacy Month

Even after we’re grown up and finished school, September still feels like a new beginning. Learning doesn’t stop as we grow older, and all of us are on a learning journey.
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How literacy has evolved in Canada: Lindsay Kennedy

International Literacy Day has been celebrated on September 8 since 1966. The aim is to highlight the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies around the world. It's also an opportunity to reflect on how far we've come, and where we need to go next.
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Collaboration has been a key component of the PIAAC process: NALD's Feature of the Month

NALD’s feature this month shines the spotlight on the important collaboration that has gone on in Canada in the past few months to increase our understanding of the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) and what it could mean for Canada.
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The National Adult Literacy Database (NALD) adds its voice to the community involved in the development of learning in all its forms and with Canadian provincial and national, literacy and essential skills organizations to celebrate International Literacy Day on September 8, 2013.
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CLLN looking for three people to join its board at the AGM on October 26, 2013

If you would like to join the CLLN Board of Directors, please complete the application form and email it to lkennedy@literacy.ca. You can also mail the paper copy to the office.
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High school students, getting set for class next week, feel enormous pressure to succeed academically, and 24 per cent don't even know if they will go to college or university, according to a Big Brothers Big Sisters/CIBC Academic Success Survey. Of those uncertain of pursuing college or university, 64 per cent wish they had an adult in their lives to advise them on their career options.
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