Workplace Education Program

Lighting the Way with Workplace Education assists in the development of better skills in reading, writing and math, but in the context of the broader trade union struggle to empower working people. Lighting the Way is a literacy program that grows out of a movement fighting for greater social justice and equality for working people. The fact that it is a part of this broader struggle of the labour movement shapes every aspect of Lighting the Way.

Perhaps most importantly, the larger struggle of the labour movement continually puts literacy in a proper perspective – as a tool, as a means to an end and not the end itself. Greater social and economic justice comes not from higher individual skill levels but from collective action for change. Every aspect of Lighting the Way is designed to facilitate the growth in the collective ability of working people to shape the world
in which they live.

The philosophy of Lighting the Way comes from labour’s conception of the broader goals of social unionism – to help empower working people to take control of their lives individually and collectively; to be heard; to question, criticize, evaluate and act as full citizens with a broad social vision in a democratic society.


Literacy Links

  • National Literacy Secretariat
    The National Literacy Secretariat was established by authorization of Cabinet in 1987 and is actively involved in working with its partners to promote literacy in Canada. The NLS is administratively part of the federal department of Human Resources Development of Canada.
  • National Adult Literacy Database
    A single source, comprehensive, up-to-date and easily accessible database of adult literacy programs, resources and services across Canada. It also links with other services and database in North American and overseas.
  • Movement for Canadian Literacy
    A non-profit organization representing literacy coalitions, organizations and individuals.
  • Alpha Plus
    A gateway to information and resources on adult literacy and second language learning.
  • Just Labour
    A Canadian journal of work and society. This is an e-journal with some literacy content.
  • ABC Canada
    Focusses on public awareness programs. Also conducts research to further the development of a fully literate Canadian population.
  • Our Times Magazine
    Canada’s independent labour magazine. This is a magazine that includes some articles on literacy and has produced an entire issue on literacy (September 2001).