Council of the Federation Literacy Award Celebrates Excellence in Education
This year’s Ontario winner of the Council of the Federation Literacy Award has helped more than 25,000 Ontarians improve their literacy and numeracy skills, opening doors to new job opportunities and career advancement.
Premier Kathleen Wynne recognized the LearningHUB for their innovative online programming that gives adult learners free access to more than 260 courses they can take at home at their own pace. The LearningHUB’s flexible programming helps eliminate geographic and personal barriers that may prevent people from participating in traditional educational programs. To help even more people seeking to improve their essential skills, the LearningHUB has also partnered with the Regional Literacy Networks and Employment Ontario service providers to develop resources for e-Channel, Ontario’s free online learning network.
Created in July 2004, the COF Annual Literacy Award recognizes one recipient from each province and territory for outstanding achievement, innovative practice and excellence in literacy. The award is presented by the Premiers to learners, educators, volunteers, community organizations and businesses for contributions in areas such as family, Indigenous, health, workplace and community literacy.
Helping people get the skills they need to advance their careers and succeed in the workforce is part of the government’s plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.
- Announced in Budget 2017, the Ontario Lifelong Learning and Skills Plan will provide free reading, writing, math and digital skills training to 80,000 adult learners across Ontario over four years.
- More than 15 per cent of working-age people in Ontario have low levels of literacy and numeracy skills.
- The Employment Ontario network helped about 1 million Ontarians in 2015–16, including nearly 123,000 employers across Ontario.
“Essential skills and employment training sets people up for success in the workforce. The LearningHUB’s unique approach to online learning helps people realize their full potential by equipping them with the skills and knowledge they need to get ahead. I am delighted to recognize everyone at the LearningHUB for their work in putting education and training within reach of so many people across Ontario.”
— Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario
“The guidance and support offered by The LearningHUB staff make an enormous contribution to the success of adult learners as they work toward achieving their literacy goals. Congratulations to the dedicated LearningHUB team on receiving this important recognition.”
— Deb Matthews, Deputy Premier and Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development
“On behalf of the Avon Maitland District School Board, the LearningHUB is honoured to receive the 2017 Council of the Federation Literacy Award. We are thrilled that this comes as we celebrate our 10th anniversary providing online essential skills training for adults across Ontario. This accomplishment is a tribute to our dedicated staff as they support over 2,000 learners annually investing in their life goals. We would like to thank the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development’s support for this program and the Council of the Federation for this prestigious recognition.”
— Ralf Mesenbrink, Principal of Adult and Alternative Education, the Centre for Employment & Learning, Avon Maitland District School Board