Through the Call for Concepts announced on April 11, 2013, the Office of Literacy and Essential Skills will provide up to $5 million for projects that are focused on improving the skills of Canadians with lower literacy levels and that fulfill one or more of the following functions: information, connection, innovation and research.
The Call for Concepts is open until May 24, 2013.
For more information about the Office of Literacy and Essential Skills, visit www.hrsdc.gc.ca
Levels of literacy:Level 1—Very poor literacy skills An individual at this level may, for example, be unable to determine from a package label the correct amount of medicine to give a child. Level 2—A capacity to deal only with simple, clear material involving uncomplicated tasks People at this level may develop everyday coping skills, but their poor literacy skills make it hard to conquer challenges such as learning new job skills. Level 3—Adequate to cope with the demands of everyday life and work in an advanced society This roughly denotes the skill level required for successful high school completion and college entry. Levels 4 and 5 —Strong skills. Individuals at these levels can process information of a complex and demanding nature. The nine essential skills:
- Document Use
- Oral Communication
- Working with Others
- Computer Use
- Continuous Learning