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ABC Life Literacy Canada

ABC Life Literacy Canada is a non-profit organization that inspires Canadians to increase their literacy skills. We connect and mobilize business, unions, government, communities and individuals to support lifelong learning and achieve our goals through leadership in programs, communications and partnerships. ABC Life Literacy Canada envisions a Canada where everyone has the skills they need to live a fully engaged life.

Aboriginal Literacy and Essential Skills Pilot Project

The Aboriginal Literacy and Essential Skills (ALES) Pilot Project was a three year community-based initiative that assisted First Nations communities on southern Vancouver Island and their citizens in developing a learning vision and set of pathways that are culturally relevant and reflective of customized community literacy and essential skills needs, interests and priorities.

Canadian Literacy and Learning Network

Canadian Literacy and Learning Network is the national hub for research, information and knowledge exchange, increasing literacies and essential skills across Canada. CLLN, a non-profit charitable organization, represents literacy coalitions, organizations and individuals in every province and territory in Canada. We share knowledge, engage partners and stakeholders and build awareness to advance literacy and learning across Canada. We believe that literacy and learning should be valued – at home, in the workplace and in the community. Funded by—and working in consultation with—Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, we provide leadership, knowledge and expertise about literacy and essential skills, while developing partnerships with stakeholders across Canada.

CAPACITY PLUS: Organizational Capacity Resource Guide for Ontario’s Community Literacy Agencies

This resource is designed to assist agencies to further develop, strengthen and showcase their organizational capacity. It contains tools, sample policies, checklists, and resources to help nonprofit organizations in areas of risk management, financial management, human resource management, customer service, and more.

Career Ladders: From Better Skills to Better Work

This brief explores ‘Career Ladders’, a series of connected literacy, language and skills training programs that enable individuals to secure employment within a specific industry or occupational cluster, and to advance to successively higher levels of education and employment within that sector. Each step is explicitly designed to meet the needs of both participants and employers in obtaining necessary workplace skills.

Centre for Aboriginal Human Resource Development Inc. (CAHRD)

CAHRD is a non-profit, human resource development organization that delivers Literacy, Education, Training and Employment services to the urban Aboriginal population of Winnipeg. CAHRD does this by enhancing the services and programs it provides through successful partnerships with Community, Government, Industry and other Post-Secondary institutions.

Clearer Sightlines to Employment: What Works for Job-Seekers with Low Educational Attainment

This brief explores the needs and solutions for Ontario’s job-seekers with low educational attainment. It aims to initiate a discussion among government, business and literacy and essential skills practitioners to look for innovative and effective solutions that assist Ontarians in getting back to work.


Copian’s site (formerly the National Adult Literacy Database) is full of pertinent information, statistics, and links to literacy programs and networks around the country. It contains Canada’s largest Literacy and Essential Skills digital library, an online directory of essential skills assessment tools and case studies of best practices in workplace education

Essential Skills for Literacy Practitioners

This guide provides information about nine essential skills, including reading text, document use, writing, numeracy, and computer use, as well as program development materials for facilitating essential skills workshops. The workshop materials include facilitation guides, handouts, answer keys and PowerPoint presentations. While the guide is designed for literacy practitioners, this resource is also useful for career practitioners to help their clients learn and improve their employment-related essential skills.

Essential Skills Needs Assessment

The Essential Skills Needs Assessment (ESNA) tool offers career and employment counsellors a tool to engage clients in a discussion about their Essential Skills and the link to their employment objectives. It is focused on three Essential Skills: Reading, Writing and Numeracy and was developed in part to help fill an identified need for assessment resources for those with low skills. The ESNA tool has two components: A Guide to Conducting an Informal Essential Skills Needs Assessment and Assessment Modules.

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