Literacy at a Glance

What is Life Literacy?

Life literacy signals the importance of lifelong and life-wide literacy and learning. It’s the literacy skills you need to live your life fully and the new skills you need to acquire throughout your life.

Workplace, family and community are important areas in your life where developing your skills can result in a more productive and more successful life experience.

Having adequate literacy skills means being able to understand, evaluate, use and engage with written texts. It also means being able to participate in society, achieve your goals, and develop your knowledge and potential. 

Research shows that adults who have inadequate literacy skills are more likely to have poorer overall health, lower salaries, and lower levels of participation in their community.

Literacy facts in Canada

Adult Literacy in Canada

Literacy stats in Canada

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Skills for Success

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