Essential Skills Ontario Websites:
  • Our fourth 2014 PIAAC bulletin takes a look at how young adults in Ontario & Canada performed in comparison to other OECD countries...   [  MORE  ]
  • Strengthening Rural Canada aims to determine if local skills development strategies can lead to economic growth & resiliency by building a community's human & social capital   [  MORE  ]
  • New brief points towards the kind of solutions that could provide a better alignment between the needs of those sectors who have work to offer...   [  MORE  ]


Essential Skills Ontario works to find the most innovative, efficient and effective training solutions to provide low-skilled adults with the skills they need to thrive in a rapidly-changing world. By conducting focused research and demonstration projects to inform policy and programming, Essential Skills Ontario delivers meaningful results to those who need it most.

Jul 8 2014

Essential Skills Ontario is pleased to announce their partnership with Fanshawe College as part of the Elevate Canada: Raising the Grade for Food Processing initiative. Fanshawe will be working with Essential Skills Ontario and food processing employers to deliver training to 250 adults in Ontario currently receiving income support and looking for work in the food processing industry.

Jun 18 2014

Our most recent bulletin, Young Adults in PIAAC: What Will the Future Skills Distribution Look Like? examines how young adults in Canada performed in literacy and numeracy in the PIAAC survey compared to other countries, and what the potential implications of these results are for their current and future education and labour force attachment.

Jun 9 2014

Essential Skills Ontario (ESO) is pleased to announce that Loyalist College has signed on to the Elevate: Raising the Grade for Food Processing initiative. Loyalist will be working with ESO and the food processing employers to develop and deliver curriculum that will be used to train vulnerable adults seeking employment in the industry.

May 26 2014

Over the next several years, the food processing industry - one of the largest growing sectors in Ontario and the largest manufacturing contributor to Canada’s Gross Domestic Product - will need to fill at least 30,000 new positions. Unfortunately, employers in this sector are struggling to find and retain workers, placing the industry in a precarious position.

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