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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Literacy Huge Problem for Newcomers

In this talk Craig Alexander, Senior VP and Chief Economist, TD Bank Group, discusses the importance of literacy to the Canadian economy. Although he emphasises that newcomers typically have good or excellent literacy in their own languages their difficulties in acquiring English and French skills in Canada markedly retards their progress here. This is not just their problem. It's a problem for all of us because we will depend on their productivity as our population ages. We need to invest in our new citizens, and in the literacy skills of all Canadians.

I'm sorry that the production quality of this video is not better. It's worth watching anyway.

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