VAUGHAN - This year, more people in York Region will be able to get literacy and basic skills upgrading and training that will help open the door to a good job and a stronger future.
Ontario’s 2011 Budget -Turning The Corner committed to permanently increase base funding to every literacy organization in the province. This additional funding will provide ongoing support to ensure literacy organizations can continue to deliver programs and serve more learners.
In York Region, five agencies are receiving over $2.5 million to help 1,493 learners. These agencies include programs with Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology, the Literacy Council of York-Simcoe, the Literacy Council of York South, the York Region District School Board, and the Learning Centre for Georgina.
Literacy and basic skills training is part of the McGuinty government's Open Ontario plan to help everyone succeed and build a knowledge-based economy for the future.
“Ensuring every adult has the opportunity to upgrade their skills is one of the best investments we can make. Not only does it help more people succeed, but it builds a strong foundation for our local economy.”
- Greg Sorbara, MPP for Vaughan
“Increased funding will ensure literacy and basic skills programs can continue to educate individuals allowing them to actively contribute to a stronger economy.”
- Dr. Helena Jaczek, MPP for Oak Ridges-Markham
“Literacy is an important and essential skill. This significant investment in York Region literacy organizations delivers on our government’s commitment to help support individuals to achieve their goals and better participate in all that our great province of Ontario has to offer.”
- Michael Chan, M.P.P., Markham-Unionville
"Providing support for people to build their literacy skills will only help them to excel and thrive in our economy. Literacy organizations in York Region play a significant role in helping those in our community, and the results thus far are very encouraging."
- Reza Moridi, MPP Richmond Hill
“We’re helping more people get the training they need to further their educational goals and find a good job. This is part of our plan to ensure everyone succeeds and raise the number of Ontarians with a postsecondary education and training credential to 70 per cent.”
- John Milloy, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities
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