Through extensive research, the Government of Canada with other national and international agencies have identified and validated that there are 9 key Essential Skills that people need for work, learning and life. These skills are used in nearly every job and at different levels of complexity. They provide the foundation for learning all other skills and enable people to evolve with their jobs and adapt to workplace change.
Today's definition of literacy:
Literacy is a persons ability to identify, understand, interpret, create, communicate, compute, and use printed and written materials in varying circumstances. Many people are surprised to learn that digital literacy, which means using computers, is also part of being literate in today's world.
Literacy is more than simply reading and writing, it is "reading the word and the world" in many contexts.