Literacy and Poverty

Statistics Canada confirms that “literacy skill level and household income are positively related.” In an information-based economy, people who struggle with literacy have a hard time getting a job or making more than minimum wage. Likewise, higher literacy and numeracy skills are associated with greater employment levels and higher earnings. In Canada, as many as 4.3 million people are living with poverty. Though evidence suggests that raising literacy rates is one of the best ways to change this, literacy often plays a limited role in coordinated strategies to alleviate poverty. The 2017 Literacy & Poverty Forum seeks to increase knowledge of literacy intervention as a key support for Canadians moving out of poverty.

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Frontier College National Forum on Literacy and Poverty