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Literacy Facts and Statistics

Did you know?

Almost ½ our population does not have the literacy skills to get and keep a living wage job

1 in 4 adults in Waterloo–Wellington 16 years and over fall into the lowest level of literacy

The ability of firms to compete will increasingly depend on the basic skills of the average worker; workers with high literacy skills are better able to apply the most efficient production technologies

Statistics Canada showed that a 1% increase in adult literacy levels would generate a 1.5% permanent increase in the GDP per capita; In Canada, this would amount to about $54 billion a year that could be re-invested

1 in 4 adults can’t read dosage directions on over-the-counter or prescription medicines or complete job applications or medical forms

79% of people entering Canadian prisons don’t have their high school diploma


Source: Statistics Canada

Benefits of Upgrading Your Skills!

Helps you find work or keep your job

Helps you find work or keep your job

Makes it easier to help your children

Makes it easier to help your children

Helps you to reach your goals

Helps you to reach your goals

Gives you freedom to grow and succeed

Gives you freedom to grow and succeed

FAQ About Literacy

Call Project READ for program information, assessments, and referrals to appropriate programs.

Yes

Yes, they can even be enrolled in more than one LBS program at a time, as learners may have different levels and needs.

The length of time a learner is in the program depends on their pace of learning, the level they are starting at, their commitment to learning and their individualized training plan goal.

Yes

LBS programs are offered on a full-time and/or part-time basis. Find out more in our Directory of Programs.

Blended learning is a mix of face to face instruction and online learning and resources within the class or group environment.

LBS programs are for learners who speak English as a first language. If English is not your first language, you need to have a current Canadian Language Benchmark Level of 6 or higher in listening and speaking to be eligible to attend LBS classes.

Most people can read and write at least a small amount. Literacy programs provide support for adults learning how to read, write, communicate, use math, digital literacy skills and more to reach their goals. All training is based on individual needs.