Timeline of Literacy and Essential Skills

Throughout its long history, the literacy and essential skills field has continually evolved and adapted in response to the changing needs of adults. This timeline captures some of the important people, events, initiatives and other influences that have helped shape the literacy and essential skills field in Canada over the past 200 years.

This timeline is a work in progress and is not a comprehensive history of the literacy and essential skills field, but instead highlights significant milestones in the field, as well as noteworthy moments in Essential Skills Ontario’s history.

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If you have questions or comments, please email info@essentialskillsontario.ca.