Literacy is Key to Improving Atlantic Economic Prospects
March 1, 2006
March 2006 Better literacy skills enhance employment, earnings and training prospects for individuals and strengthen the ability of firms to adopt more advanced technologies. However, more than one in two adults in Atlantic Canada do not have the minimum skills necessary to adequately function in today’s knowledge economy. Without a stronger commitment to address this issue, the Atlantic region and many of its citizens risk being marginalized in an economic environment that places an increasing premium on knowledge, skills, and adaptability. This short report highlights the regional results from the International Adult Literacy and Skills Survey, released in November 2005, and identifies some of the key challenges for the region.