Senator Hubley calls for federal support of PEI Literacy Alliance

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Ottawa, September 28, 2016 – Senator Hubley took the first step today to start an inquiry in the Senate on the state of literacy on PEI, with a particular focus on the need for federal funding for the PEI Literacy Alliance.

Core funding for literacy coalitions was cut by the previous Conservative government in 2014, and the PEI Literacy Alliance recently announced that it will close by next year if federal funding is not reinstated.

“The PEI Literacy Alliance and its people are real assets to the province,” Senator Hubley said.  “They help Island kids maintain their reading skills with their summer tutoring program.  They help Island adults go back to school and achieve their GED.  They help adults improve their literacy skills, and encourage families to read together.”

A 2012 study by the Organisation for the Economic Co-operation and Development showed that 45% of working age Islanders lack the skills necessary to participate fully in society.

Hubley urged the federal government to reinstate the PEI Literacy Alliance’s core funding.

“These dedicated people work every day toward improving literacy in the province, and must be able to continue.  Given the challenges our province faces with low literacy skills, we simply cannot lose such a valuable resource,” she said

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