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More Action Must Be taken on Low Literacy Rates in Canada:

Frontier College responds to new literacy report Reading the Future

Toronto, June 12 – Frontier College calls for more effort and resources – from government, educators, agencies and the private sector – to address Canada's low literacy levels in light of the Canadian Council on Learning's report Reading the Future, that indicates nearly half of all adult Canadians (48%) have low literacy skills and forecasts the number of Canadians with low literacy skills will increase by more than three million to 15 million by 2031.

“The report's findings should be of concern to everyone who cares about Canada's future,” says Sherry Campbell, President of Frontier College. “Low literacy skills not only hurt Canadians' economic prospects but numerous studies have shown that people with low literacy levels suffer greater health and social problems because they cannot read drug prescriptions; cannot read a newspaper headline or understand a bus schedule; do not know how to access community services and are not as engaged in their community.”

Literacy is an essential skill in today's world. At Frontier College, we believe it's a fundamental right. Low literacy skills are directly linked to poverty, poor health and high unemployment. Over forty percent of adult Canadians have trouble with everyday tasks that involve reading. That's millions of Canadians who are not reaching their potential. Through a network of thousands of volunteers, Frontier College is helping people to realize their potential and seize the opportunities that come their way.

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For more information or to arrange an interview with Sherry Campbell:
Frank Clarke, Media Relations
Frontier College
(416) 923-3591 ext. 308 or 1-888-555-6523
Mobile: (416) 737-7182
fclarke@frontiercollege.ca
www.frontiercollege.ca

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