Advanced Education, Skills and Labour
March 9, 2018

Provincial Government Invites Input on Development of Adult Literacy Action Plan

The Honourable Al Hawkins, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour, today announced public consultations on the development of an Adult Literacy Action Plan.

Literacy and numeracy are more than reading, writing, and math and are key skills that influence everyday lives, and can have potential impacts on an individual’s health, finances, and employability. Improving adult literacy is a key component of building the workforce and driving economic growth. Input from individuals and organizations that have insight and an in-depth knowledge of the impact of adult literacy on learners, communities and the workplace is central to the successful development of a Provincial Adult Literacy Action Plan.

Information regarding the consultations, including a Discussion Guide can be found at . The consultations and development of the action plan are focused on the themes of achieving better outcomes, providing responsive programming, and working together.

Submissions can be made at or by:
Email at
Toll free at 1 (833) 653-7147

By post at:
Literacy and Institutional Services Division
c/o Mr. Lauren Power
Department of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour
Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
P.O. Box 8700
St. John’s NL A1B 4J6

Regional consultation sessions will also be held in St. John’s, Grand Falls-Windsor, Corner Brook, and Happy Valley-Goose Bay. The schedule, time and locations are provided in the backgrounder below.

Addressing low literacy rates in the province is a priority for government, as identified in the Minister’s mandate letter, and aligns with the vision outlined in The Way Forward: A Vision for Sustainability and Growth in Newfoundland and Labrador.

“Literacy is more than just reading and writing. Our province’s Adult Literacy Action Plan must consider employability, digital literacy, and technology. We welcome the knowledge and insight of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians, including those with expertise in labour, education, and industry, in the development of a strong and effective plan.”
Honourable Al Hawkins
Advanced Education, Skills and Labour

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Media contact
Ryan Crocker
Advanced Education, Skills and Labour
709-729-1795, 725-9595

Adult Literacy Plan Consultation Sessions

Municipality Location Date Time
Happy Valley-Goose Bay College of the North Atlantic -HVGB Campus March 15 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Grand Falls-Windsor College of the North Atlantic – GFW Campus March 20 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Corner Brook College of the North Atlantic – Corner Brook Campus March 26 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
St. John’s College of the North Atlantic – Prince Philip Drive Campus March 27 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
St. John’s College of the North Atlantic – Prince Philip Drive Campus March 28 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

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