Lifelong learning, literacy key to Canada’s success: Studies

Basic skills training is also important
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/20/2010

Canada continues to fall behind in key areas of learning but awareness around the importance of literacy and the workplace is strong, according to two Canadian reports.

Learning is “our greatest safeguard against an uncertain future as we face the challenges of increased globalization, including rapid advancements in new technologies and demand for innovation and higher productivity,” said the report Taking Stock of Lifelong Learning by the Canadian Council on Learning (CCL).

Like other countries, Canada needs to develop a co-ordinated approach to education and lifelong learning or it may see a national knowledge disadvantage, according to the report. While Canada has had great success and done well in international comparisons when it comes to education, other countries are making advances and putting more efforts into lifelong learning, said Erin Mills, senior research analyst at CCL.