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Ontario Government Invests $725,742 In Literacy Needs


Ontario is expanding literacy and basic skills programs in Kingston announced John Gerretsen, MPP for Kingston and The Islands.

The province is investing an additional $483,442 in 2009/2010 in 5 organizations providing literacy and basic skills training in Kingston. St. Lawrence College, Kingston campus received $224,698. The Brockville and Cornwall campuses also received additional funding. The other agencies to receive funding today are Limestone District School Board, Kingston Literacy, Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board, and Centre d’alphabetisation, La Route du Savoir de Kingston.

The province is also investing in Literacy Link Eastern Ontario in Kingston to strengthen literacy training provided by Employment Ontario. The agency will receive $242,300 for two research projects.

Today’s announcement is part of the government’s investment of an additional $25 million in colleges, school boards and community literacy organizations in the Employment Ontario network across the province to help laid-off workers and other adult learners train for highly skilled jobs.

"Investing in literacy skills means providing more opportunities for people to be their best, strengthening our local economy and helping our neighbourhoods grow."
- John Gerretsen, MPP for Kingston and The Islands

"We’re taking action now to help people strengthen their skills while laid off and looking for work so they’ll be better able to find jobs in the new economy."
- John Milloy, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities and Minister of Research and Innovation.

"St Lawrence is all about helping people pursue their dreams. Our mission is to meet the learning needs of our students and communities and we are grateful for the support from the Ontario government to enhance our literacy programming."
- Chris Whitaker, President and CEO St. Lawrence College