Questions to federal political parties in the context of the 2019 elections

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This document was created by a national network of people, researchers and organizations committed to adult literacy.

1. What is your party’s position on establishing a national adult literacy policy?

2. How will your party support collaboration and coordination across government and stakeholders to best support our population’s potential?

3. How will your party integrate literacy and essential skills development into sectoral policies in areas like employment, health, the environment, settlement, culture, the promotion of the Official Languages, and work with Indigenous peoples?

4. How is your party prepared to commit to federal funding for literacy?

5. How will your party address the particular literacy needs of Indigenous peoples, people living in official language minority communities, and newcomers to Canada?

6. What is your party’s plan with respect to implementing Canada’s commitments to UNESCO and on the international stage in the fields of literacy and adult education?

7. How will your party convene conversations about lifelong learning for adults experiencing challenges because of lower literacy skills?

8. How will you address the fundamental learning needs of those adults who are unable to transition to jobs in the new economy because of lower literacy skills?


ABC Life Literacy Canada, Mack Rogers, Executive Director

Adult Basic Education Association, Sara Gill, Executive Director

AlphaPlus, Alan Cherwinski, Executive Director

BC Health Literacy Networks

Canadian Labour Congress, Hassan Yussuff, President

Calgary Learns, Nancy Purdy, Executive Director

CanLearn Society, Krista Poole, CEO

Centre de documentation sur l’éducation des adultes et la condition féminine (CDÉACF)

Change Makers’ Education Society, Karen Buchanan, Executive Director

Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy, Desneiges Profili, Executive Director

Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy – Creston, Gillian Wells, Community Literacy Coordinator

Community Literacy of Ontario, Joanne Kaattari, Co-Executive Director

Decoda Literacy Solutions, Margaret Sutherland, Executive Director

Fédération du Québec pour le planning des naissances (FQPN), Julie Robillard, Co-coordinatrice

Frontier College, Stephen Faul, President & CEO

Brigid Hayes, Brigid Hayes Consulting

Institut de coopération pour l’éducation des adultes, (ICÉA) Daniel Baril, Directeur général

Lakes Literacy, Jennifer Petersen, Literacy Outreach Coordinator

Literacy Coalition of New Brunswick, Lynda Homer, Executive Director

Literacy Haida Gwaii, Beng Favreau, Executive Director

Literacy Link South Central, Tamara Kaattari, Executive Director

Literacy Matters Abbotsford, Sharon Crowley Literacy Outreach Coordinator

Literacy Nova Scotia, Jayne Hunter, Executive Director