Office of Literacy and Essential Skills (OLES) RESEARCH PROGRAMMING Researching LES issues TOOLS Development and dissemination PARTNERSHIPS Mandate: OLES is a “centre of expertise” with a labour market focus, building awareness and capacity in “what works” for improving the literacy and essential skills of adult Canadians. Funds projects through Grants & Contributions With OGDs, PTs, non-profit organizations OLES does this through : OLES is part of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC)
Understanding Literacy & Essential Skills Reading Writing Document Use Numeracy Computer Use Thinking Oral Communication Working with Others Continuous Learning
Literacy and Essential Skills:
are needed for work, learning and life;
are the foundation for learning all other skills;
help people evolve with their jobs and adapt to workplace change.
These skills are used in nearly every job and throughout daily life in different ways and at varying levels of complexity .
OLES worked together with Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and held three events in 2010.
Executive Directors and heads of key stakeholder organizations (service providers, academic institutions, employers and literacy organizations) from across Canada were engaged in a discussion to identify LES issues and barriers facing immigrants.
Practitioners Fora (Calgary and Toronto)
Brought together practitioners from key stakeholder organizations to begin to develop practical solutions to address the issues addressed by the roundtable.