Over the past 18 months, Canadian Learning and Literacy Network (CLLN) has been engaged in a series of research projects exploring the links between literacy and earnings – we call it: the Literacy and Earnings Project. The result is a substantial body of work that provides new insights based on current data. The reports illustrate the opportunities for individuals, business and government that open up when investing in upskilling Canada’s workforce.
As champions for literacy and essential skills, we know that literacy is a key factor in determining an individual’s labour market outcomes – and we set out to prove it by looking at those who face significant barriers to employment: those on Employment Insurance, Workers’ Compensation and Social Assistance.
These reports build the foundation for more things to come: CLLN – in partnership with Canada’s Public Policy Forum – will conduct a series of roundtables with policymakers and employer and labour stakeholders to further investigate the significant returns on investment – both, monetary and social – into literacy and essential skills.