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The premiers believe that the federal government must collaborate with the provinces and territories and support them in a way that ensures the most effective and successful programs will continue to benefit Canadians. The premiers reiterated their position that federal funding agreements or initiatives such as the proposed Canada Job Grant must allow jurisdictions to opt out, with full compensation.
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Manitoba to help skilled newcomers work in their chosen fields sooner

Manitoba is investing $1.4 million over two years to improve the recognition of foreign credentials and get people working more quickly. The government has announced new supports for universities and colleges to work with trained and talented newcomers to put their skills to work.
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Literacy Partners of Manitoba welcomes John McDonald who has joined LPM as executive director. John has 10 years of experience working in provincial government, five years in the not-for-profit sector and eight years in private business.
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In October 2013, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) will release findings from the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) – the most comprehensive and ambitious survey of skills ever undertaken amongst OECD countries. The survey will provide Canada a unique opportunity to not only measure skill levels, but examine how skills are used at work and the relationships between skills and socioeconomic outcomes.
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Survey: Six in 10 workers would leave their jobs due to low engagement

A little motivation goes a long way, a new survey from OfficeTeam suggests. More than six in 10 (61 per cent) workers interviewed admitted it's at least somewhat likely they would leave their current position if they felt disengaged. That's bad news for some employers: more than one-quarter (26 per cent) of professionals said their company is not effective at keeping staff motivated.
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“I think [improving your speaking skills] will help you get hired, and I think it will help you stay employable,” says Mitch Joel, president of Twist Image, a Toronto-based digital marketing agency. “You have to be competent, you have to be smart, you have to have a product or service that does what it says it does, but beyond that, all you have left as a competitive advantage is your ability to present that to someone else and have them believe in it.”
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Please send a CV and cover letter to info@centreforliteracy.qc.ca by August 2, 2013. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Deadline: August 2, 2013. Start date: September 3, 2013.
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Fall Institute 2013 – Interpreting PIAAC Results, Understanding Competencies of the Future

Registration is now open! The Centre for Literacy is inviting you to the Fall Institute. It will be held in Montreal on October 27-29, soon after the release of the PIAAC results.
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Mark your calendar: Learn@Work Week is Sept. 23-27, 2013

Workplace learning has a positive impact on employee performance and productivity, and is crucial to a healthy Canadian economy. Join Canada’s workforce as it engages in learning activities and professional development events September 23-27, 2013, and power up your workplace!
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Scaling the Heights for Literacy

On July 11, Frontier College's newest board member, Bill Roberts, embarked on a harrowing 250 km wilderness trek that took him through the rarely explored Torngat Mountain Range, with a goal of climbing Mont D'Iberville, the highest mountain on the Quebec/Newfoundland & Labrador border.
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Work-Sharing is designed to help companies facing a temporary downturn in business avoid layoffs by offering Employment Insurance Part I income support to workers willing to work a reduced work week while their company recovers. Employers like Cargill Limited that are located in communities where a state of emergency has been declared and that are experiencing a temporary shortage of work due to the flooding may benefit from these measures, which involve waiving certain program criteria to enter into an agreement.
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Canada's education ministers have confirmed that the country is in a strong position to meet the challenges stemming from long-term trends such as the aging population, the intensification of the knowledge economy, and the acceleration of technological change. They also underscored that education systems must be sustainable, more innovative, and that more needs to be done to reach those Canadians who have so far benefited the least from the learning opportunities provided by provincial and territorial systems of education and training.
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Statistics Canada's Labour Force Survey: Full report for June 2013

In June, employment was virtually unchanged and the unemployment rate remained at 7.1 per cent. In the first half of 2013, employment growth averaged 14,000 per month, slower than the average of 27,000 in the last six months of 2012.
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NALD's new Studio: Our Feature of the Month

National in scope and crossing various industry sectors and geographic regions, Studio serves as a base from which employers and practitioners are able to access exemplary models on which to base their workplace education programs.
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Most Canadian commuters drive alone to work: survey

Some 15.4 million Canadians endure a daily commute to and from work, most of them behind the wheel, Statistics Canada said in the latest batch of numbers from the 2011 National Household Survey, the replacement for the cancelled long-form census.
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Information and Connections: Theme of NALD Annual Report for 2012-2013

NALD is the lead network that Canadians rely on to connect them with information, tools, resources, knowledge and expertise to enhance life-long and life-wide learning. To obtain information about our connections and activities for the last fiscal year, read the NALD Annual Report online.
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NALD is pleased to announce that Sioux-Hudson Literacy Council in Ontario has won the 2013 NALD Innovative Technology Award for its Good Learning Anywhere (GLA) Program. Now marking its 10th anniversary, GLA widely delivers learning curricula in a structured way through online learning platforms.
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Family literacy: A new learning opportunity

Vancouver Community College, in partnership with Decoda Literacy Solutions and the Centre for Family Literacy, is excited to continue its very successful online Family Literacy Certificate Program. The first of its kind in Canada, this certificate offers the knowledge and skills for those who work, or are hoping to work, in the family literacy field.
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CUPE seeking submissions for 2013 Communications Awards

CUPE members from across the country put in countless hours producing newsletters and websites that keep their fellow members up-to-date. It’s important work, and CUPE’s Communications Awards are a great way to celebrate it. The deadline for 2013 submissions is July 29. Awards will be handed out at the CUPE National Convention in Quebec City, October 21 to 25.
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This year's OECD report Education at a Glance 2013 highlights Canada's top-tier performance in tertiary education attainment. Over 50 per cent of adult Canadians hold a college diploma or university degree — the highest rate among all OECD countries.
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Literacy of Aboriginal Canadians lagging behind rest of country: TD

Struggles in education are something Marcella Nabigon-Guerin can identify with. The new Ryerson University graduate says many Aboriginal students are indirectly impacted by the residential school system. "I think that’s what kept us away from pursuing university educations in the past. It’s that feeling of inferiority and perhaps we couldn’t do it.” Nabigon-Guerin was one of 44 Aboriginal graduates who received their diplomas from Ryerson recently.
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Celebrating Aboriginal literacy and learning

"While there are recognized and well-researched geographic, historical and cultural barriers to education and employment for Aboriginal Canadians, there has also been great progress on addressing these barriers and developing programs and approaches that work." In celebration of National Aboriginal Day, Lindsay Kennedy, President and CEO of CLLN, outlined a few key points about literacy and essential skills which she says have broad application in supporting better outcomes for First Nations, Métis and Inuit.
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Canada's ministers of education observe National Aboriginal Day

“National Aboriginal Day provides Canadians with the opportunity to learn more about First Nation, Metis, and Inuit perspectives, wisdom, cultures and values,” said Ramona Jennex, Chair of the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC). “Aboriginal peoples are an integral part of our past, our present, and our future. Education ministers are committed to working with first peoples and education stakeholders to ensure that future is brighter for all Canadians.”
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Best practices identified to help Aboriginal peoples boost literacy levels

In support of National Aboriginal Day, June 21, 2013, TD Economics has released an in-depth report examining the issues and opportunities associated with low-literacy levels among Canada's Aboriginal peoples.
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Literacy Partners of Manitoba (LPM) is proud to announce its 3rd Annual Aboriginal Literacy Symposium slated for November 6-7, 2013, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. LPM understands the need to work in partnership with the Aboriginal community at a grassroots level to achieve the common goal of increasing literacy in the Aboriginal community.
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Summer holidays shouldn't be a break from learning

Now that summer is finally here, parents and children are excited about starting their summer vacation. But just because school’s out doesn’t mean we should take a vacation from learning. Research shows that children who don’t read over the summer lose some of the literacy skills they gained during the year and have a difficult time adjusting to school in the fall.
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Premiers recognize that a skilled and productive workforce is critical to creating good jobs and driving economic growth. This is why provinces and territories design, deliver, and report publicly on training programs that reflect local labour market needs. These programs, including some funded in part by the federal government, achieve measurable outcomes and help a wide variety of workers get the essential training they need to find jobs.
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Co-op programs have been around for decades however they are not mandatory and are not offered at all universities. These programs, in which students alternate between full-time coursework and real-world employment, enable students to evaluate the market demand for their degree and skills while they still have time to course-correct.
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Twenty-three community organizations from across Canada have received funding from the TD Financial Literacy Grant Fund. This round of contributions will support programs focused on financial education and initiatives for seniors, women, newcomers, at-risk youth, women in conflict with the law, persons with disabilities, and Aboriginal people.
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How small businesses become large job creators

A new nation-wide survey shows that Canadian small business owners are more than twice as likely to make a hiring decision based on word of mouth than by using online tools. The choices are usually based on word of mouth (friends, family, and a trusted advisor) - 68 per cent; online methods, such as job boards and tools like LinkedIn - 31 per cent; and outsourcing to an HR or recruiting agency - 8 per cent.
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