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About Ontario Adult Literacy Curriculum Framework (OALCF)

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Coordinated by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, in consultation with the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration, the Ontario Adult Literacy Curriculum Framework (OALCF) is the new cornerstone of Employment Ontario’s Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS) Program.

The OALCF is a competency-based framework that supports the development of adult literacy programming delivered through the Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS) Program. LBS helps learners transition to their goals of work, further education and training, or independence.


  • supports the development of task-based programming
  • helps practitioners focus on strengthening the learner’s ability to integrate skills, knowledge and behaviours to perform authentic, goal related tasks
  • supports the development of contextualized programming that reflects the learner’s culture, language and other features specific to the learner and her or his goal
  • builds on current literacy practice and strengthens the links between the LBS Program and Ontario’s employment, education and training system.

Click on Curriculum Framework to download the entire document in PDF and explore the links below for more information:

The OALCF Overview

How does the OALCF improve adult literacy outcomes in Ontario?

How does the OALCF contribute to successful learner transitions?

How does the OALCF provide a basis for program development and assessment of learner progress?

Milestones and Culminating Tasks

Resources for OALCF