Literacy for all
As Statistic Canada emphasizes, the ability to use and understand information is fundamental to daily life at home, at work, and in the community, and given the size of the immigrant population in Canada and its large and growing contribution to labour force growth, the link and the interactions between language, literacy, skills and economic growth identified by the International Adult Literacy and Skills Survey and the finding that immigrants tended to perform at lower proficiency than the Canadian-born population is real cause for concern especially when immigration will account for all of the net labour force growth in the coming years:
The average proficiency of employed individuals is higher than the scores of those who are either unemployed or not in the labor force;
Employment rates are also higher for those with higher proficiency levels;
Individuals who work in more knowledge-intensive jobs tend to have higher literacy and numeracy proficiencies;
Higher proficiency is associated with higher earnings, especially in the case of women;
And in such perspective, UpTin Foundation has committed itself to provide the new arrivals and immigrants with training, coaching and technical support that will improve their proficiencies in language, literacy (prose and document), numeracy and problem solving.