Canada’s ministers of education recognize that literacy is the foundation of learning and an essential component of the knowledge- and skills-based economy of the 21st century. That’s why across Canada provinces and territories are working to ensure all Canadians are equipped with the literacy skills they need to participate fully in school, at work, at home and in their communities.

Ministers are committed to promoting literacy and numeracy as key skills that play a vital role in the development of the individual, the well-being of the community, and the success of the economy. Individually and collectively, they aim to ensure that every member of society has the opportunity to develop these skills to his or her fullest potential.