Essential Skills

Essential skills are foundation skills, such as reading, document use and numeracy (math). Most adult Canadians have these skills, but many people do not have skills at the level they need.

Research shows that people with strong essential skills:

  • Are needed for work, learning and life
  • Are the foundation for learning all other skills
  • Earn more money
  • Find jobs faster
  • Are more likely to be employed
  • Are less likely to injure themselves or others at work
  • Are less likely to have health-related problems

Find out what essential skills are and why they are important in this short three-minute video.