The examples below highlight initiatives under way in Ontario to improve literacy. For more information on the full range of literacy actions and initiatives under way in Ontario, visit:


Ministry of Education


Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities


Literacy and Basic Skills Program

Some examples of literacy initiatives in Ontario:

  • Full-Day Kindergarten Program The program provides four- and five-year-olds with an earlier start on their learning. A full day of learning in the early years can help improve children's reading, writing, and math skills and provide a strong foundation for future learning. It also makes the transition to Grade 1 easier for both the children and their families.


  • Literacy and Numeracy Strategy A solid foundation in literacy and numeracy gives students the widest range of choices in school and beyond. When students develop strong reading, writing, and math skills early in life, they are less likely to get discouraged and drop out of school later on. That's why the Ontario government is committed to helping students improve their reading, writing, and math skills. The goal is to have 75 per cent of Grade 6 students reach the provincial standard in reading, writing, and math. And we are committed to giving students the resources and supports they need to reach that goal.


  • Ontario Adult Literacy Curriculum Framework (OALCF) The OALCF is the cornerstone of the province's adult Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS) Program for adults. An important purpose of OALCF is to prepare learners to successfully transition from the LBS Program to their next steps toward employment, further education and training, and independence. OALCF focuses on the important link between successful learner transitions and the holistic approach of a literacy program that includes goal-directed, task-based programming, timely referrals to other supports a learner may need, service coordination, and culturally and linguistically relevant learning and assessment resources.