OTTAWA, April 11, 2013 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada today launched a national Call for Concepts to identify organizations who are interested in forming a pan-Canadian network focused on improving the literacy and essential skills of Canadians. The announcement was made by Dr. Kellie Leitch, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and to the Minister of Labour, at the 16 th Annual Skills Manitoba Competition. "Skills and labour shortages are Canada's most important socio-economic challenge and the greatest potential threat to our competitiveness," said Dr. Leitch. "The organizations selected under this call for concepts will help ensure Canadians have the literacy and essential skills needed to participate in Canada's labour force." Through this Call for Concepts, the Office of Literacy and Essential Skills is inviting organizations to submit concept papers for projects that together, will form a pan-Canadian network that is focused on improving skills of Canadians with lower literacy levels. Dr. Leitch also spoke about new measures in Economic Action Plan 2013 to connect Canadians with available jobs and equip them with the skills and training they need. These include the Canada Job Grant, creating opportunities for apprentices and providing support to under-represented groups such as persons with disabilities, youth, Aboriginal peoples and newcomers. The Call for Concept papers is open until May 24, 2013. For more detailed information, please visit www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/jobs/les/concepts/index.shtml
The Office of Literacy and Essential Skills In 2007, the Government of Canada created the Office of Literacy and Essential Skills to provide adult Canadians with the knowledge and skills they need to enter and succeed in the job market. Through the Office of Literacy and Essential Skills, the Government works in partnership with provincial and territorial governments, employers and community organizations to provide Canadians with the tools and resources they need to take advantage of job opportunities for themselves and their families, contribute to their families and communities and share in the country's prosperity.