New essential skills resources available

ABC Life Literacy Canada has released a number of essential skills resources from its new Activate Learning program. Activate Learning is a literacy and essential skills program focused on supporting and empowering the unique population of Newfoundland and Labrador, however the resources can be downloaded by anyone wishing to use them. The program aims to improve the number of training opportunities for adult learners, employees and workplaces in the area of essential skills, employability skills, literacy, health literacy and financial literacy.

To date, four out of nine workbooks have been released from the Essential Skills for Life series, cover the topics of Reading, Writing, Thinking and Numeracy. The workbooks are available in English and French.

Additionally, extension activities are being added to accompany the workbooks. So far, writing and reading activities have been uploaded to the website, covering topics such as how to read a job description and how to write instructions.

Resources are written at a grade four to six reading level and are designed for adult literacy learners.

Throughout the year, additional workbooks and extension activities will be released, covering the remaining five essential skills. Essential skills are used in nearly every job and in daily life. They also allow Canadians to learn new skills and to adapt to changes.

Activate Learning is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Adult Learning, Literacy & Essential Skills program. Literacy organizations and workplaces can sign up to host workshops – either in person or virtually – using these workbooks. In some instances, ABC Life Literacy Canada can provide a workshop facilitator.

To access the resources, visit To learn more about the program or to host a workshop, visit or contact our project coordinator.