Media Advisory - More Action Must Be taken on Low Literacy Rates in Canada: Frontier College responds to new literacy report Reading the Future

    TORONTO, June 13 /CNW/ - 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.

For further information:

For further information: or to arrange an interview with Sherry
Campbell: Frank Clarke, Media Relations, Frontier College, (416) 923-3591 ext.
308 or 1-800-555-6523, Mobile: (416) 737-7182,,

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