April 28, 2017 — Peterborough, ON — Literacy Ontario Central South (LOCS) is delighted that the 2017 Ontario Budget provides greater opportunities for Ontarians to train and upgrade their skills and education. The introduction of the Ontario Lifelong Learning and Skills Plan represents a substantial new commitment to adult learners and workers in Ontario.
The 2017 Ontario Budget promises greater investment to “enhance its adult education system, making it more learner-centred by improving pathways and expanding services and programs. … The plan will include an expansion and improvement of the Literacy and Basic Skills program, enhance dual credit opportunities for adults, fund technical and workplace-based skills training pilots, and support Ontario Bridge Training for internationally trained immigrants.”
LOCS congratulates Premier of Ontario Kathleen Wynne and Deputy Premier and Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development Deb Matthews for their strong leadership in recognizing the value of literacy, numeracy, and digital skills as key elements in building a highly skilled workforce.
LOCS looks forward to working with government staff on expanding and improving the Literacy and Basic Skills program and enhancing the broader adult education system to ensure the we address the increasing demand for accessible, good-quality, and innovative services.
“This is an extraordinary moment for adult learners in Ontario. Through the Ontario Lifelong Learning and Skills Plan there is now a real opportunity to develop a cohesive and robust adult education system that supports learners in meeting their goals,” said Michael Andrews, Executive Director, Literacy Ontario Central South.
“LOCS commends the Government of Ontario on this important action. We also thank all the dedicated and compassionate staff at Literacy and Basic Skills programs whose hard work has built a system that is well-positioned to play a crucial role in this initiative,” said Andrews.
About Literacy Ontario Central South
Literacy Ontario Central South is one of 16 regional literacy networks in Ontario that supports and promotes the work of adult literacy agencies. The LOCS Region includes City of Kawartha Lakes, Haliburton, Northumberland, Peterborough and Hastings Counties.
LOCS’ mandate is to ensure all adult learners have access to literacy and essential skills training needed to prosper and lead a fulfilling life. LOCS strives to be a champion for adult literacy in our region, providing quality, trusted service and support to Ontario’s Employment and Training Network as well as expanded community partners in all five LOCS counties.