Essential Skills Ontario is dedicated to finding the most advanced and effective outcomes that provide adults in Ontario with the skills they need in the 21st Century. Our high quality research on literacy and essential skills is continually adapted to support government priorities, current issues and what is occurring in other jurisdictions. Please note that some materials may reflect our previous name and brand – Ontario Literacy Coalition – but that all materials remain the property of Essential Skills Ontario.

Essential Skills Ontario produces timely and effective and reports that highlight current trends and issues in the literacy and essential skills field.

Essential Skills Ontario’s breadth of online resources link users to valuable sources, including web portals, a professional development site and a screening tool for employment counsellors.

Published quarterly, Essential Skills Ontario’s Essential Skills Bulletins support employment agencies, literacy practitioners, employers, labour boards, social service agencies and government in developing the essential skills of Ontarians.

Essential Skills Ontario offers free monthly webinars as part of our commitment to encourage professional development to anyone interested.


Essential Skills Ontario offers free monthly e-newsletters to subscribers. Read archived newsletters here.