Good News – Increased funding for adult literacy in Ontario
July 3rd, 2009 by Maria Moriarty
Yesterday the Ontario Minister for Training Colleges and Universities, The Honorable John Milloy announced a significant one-time increase ( for 2009-2010) of $33 million to support adult literacy learning in the province. $25 million will go to community-based, college and school board literacy programs, $5 million will be allocated to expand online literacy learning opportunities, and $3 million will fund research projects timprove service to adult literacy learners and to develop a province-wide adult literacy curriculum.
Adult literacy programs in Ontario had not received an increase in funding for close to 14 years – and the demands for adult literacy services continues to increase and expand – organizations across the province, including the Ontario Literacy Coalition were instrumental in bringing this sorry state of affairs to the attentionof the minister and his staff . This much needed increase in funding , is very very welcome – and we hope signals a brighter future for adult literacy learners, practitioners and programs.