With the emergence of the “new knowledge economy”, globalization, and advances in technology and communications, literacy has larger implications than ever before.
    It means something very different to be literate in the digital age of early 21st century North America than it did in the resource-based economy of British Columbia of the 20th century.

~Decoda Literacy Solutions

Adult/Workplace Subcommittee

We depend on our literacy skills to access and maintain a decent standard of living. Yet the most recent International Adult Literacy Survey revealed that 42% of Canadian adults do not have the literacy skills they need to navigate everyday life.

Low literacy levels can affect people from all walks of life. They are not an indicator of intelligence, or of work ethic; indeed, many adults who do not read well have developed incredible people skills, and are among the most reliable and dedicated of employees. However, as the literacy demands in their workplace increase, these employees may struggle to keep up.

When we are under stress, our ability to absorb and understand information is impaired; in other words, out literacy level drops.

Poverty creates stress.

When people are dealing with poverty, food and shelter come before learning.

It's a cycle that's very difficult to break.

How do we support these adults--make them aware of the programs and services available, and help reduce the barriers?

How do we support service agencies and employers in creating and maintaining literacy-friendly environments?

This subcommittee grapples with these complex issues. Would you like to contribute? Please join us.