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Commentary:

A New Perspective on Canada's Literacy Deficit

by Judith Maxwell

Low literacy is Canada's hidden deficit and a barrier to full participation in society for about 9 million people.  More than ever, living and working demand ever higher levels of literacy and self- reliance.  In Canada's Hidden Deficit:  The Social Cost of Low Literacy Skills, CPRN's Founding President Judith Maxwell and Tatyana Teplova explore the social costs of low literacy.  The authors have collected significant data to describe the burden it places on individuals and on Canada's social fabric.  Low literacy skills limit individual achievement, wealth creation and social and economic development.

Release Date: 12 Mar 2009
Number of pages: 1
Document number: 51094

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