Possible solutions

Everyone has to work together to defeat illiteracy and its impact.

We all need to work together to overcome illiteracy and its impact. Without the help of individual people, community organizations, businesses, and governments, it will be impossible to turn the tide.

Solutions for individuals and families

Working with families on school dropout and illiteracy prevention.

Empowering youth from disadvantaged backgrounds to study.

Improving access to education for Indigenous people.

Solutions for businesses

Facilitate knowledge transfer between employees of all ages and those nearing retirement.

Encourage basic professional development.

Implement the so-called “1% Training Law” (Quebec Act to promote workforce skills development and recognition) . This is a good way to provide a framework for businesses by requiring companies with an annual payroll of more than $2 million to invest at least 1% annually of their total payroll in employee development. Businesses that do not do so have to pay in the Workforce Skills Development and Recognition Fund.

On-the-job training: a win-win situation!

Increased employment opportunities (required to access professional development);

Increased business efficiency;

Improved competitiveness;

Increased drive and enthusiasm in the workforce;

Increased productivity;

Stronger economy;

Better occupational health and safety;

Higher rate of staff and customer retention.

What are the benefits of investing1% in training?


Improved workforce skills to promote productivity;

Onboarding and adaptation into employment;

Impact on labour shortages;

Leveraging growth for the economy;

Enhancing the value of professional development.

Sources :


Développer nos compétences en littératie : un défi porteur d’avenir, Rapport québécois de l’Enquête internationale sur l’alphabétisation et les compétences des adultes (EIACA) (Developing Our Literacy Skills: Meeting the Challenge of the Future, International Adult Literacy and Skills Survey [IALSS]—Quebec Report), 2003, Quebec City, Institut de la statistique du Québec, 256 pages.

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