Resources for Community Partners

Resources are submitted by individual Learning Networks across the province.

New!  Literacy and Basic Skills – Your Partner in Client Success (2020)
Learning Networks of Ontario
This document highlights the many ways that learning networks and support organizations can be involved in planning within the Employment Ontario network.  It also highlights the benefits of integrating LBS into employment service outcome models.

Assessment and Referral Guide for Northwestern Ontario Employment Ontario Partners (2012)
Literacy Northwest

Clear Writing
QUILL Adult Learning Network
Facebook Page – WriteOn! Communicating with Clarity is a Clear Writing service offered by the QUILL Learning Network. Document review and revision, information sessions, presentations and workshops are all on offer. If it’s worth writing, it’s worth writing clearly.

Creating Pathways of Learning Support for Employment Ontario Clients with Learning Disabilities (2015)
Metro Toronto Movement for Literacy
This project and the project publications and tools provide much needed, comprehensive information on existing services and recommended tools to provide support and accommodation to EO clients with learning disabilities.

Developing a Culture of Evaluation (2015)
Literacy Link South Central
The Developing a Culture of Evaluation project will help not-for-profit organizations in Ontario to learn about the value of creating a culture of evaluation and how to foster this in their own organizations.

Differentiated Instruction in Literacy and Basic Skills Programs (2017)
Literacy Link South Central
The use of differentiated instruction in LBS classrooms, small groups and one-to-one tutoring is critical to working effectively with adult learners. In this report, Literacy Link South Central investigates reasons for, and effective methodologies of, providing alternative avenues to learning for different students.

Easing Transitions/Supporting Transitions (2015)
Literacy Link Niagara
In the second phase of the project, we worked with partners to develop tools to help learners transition from LBS to Employment and vice versa.

Easing transitions report

Supporting transitions report

Enhancing Pathways Report Phase 1 (2010)
Project READ Literacy Network of Waterloo/Wellington
This project brought together the agencies that provide language and literacy programming within the regions of Project READ Literacy Network and Peel Halton Dufferin Adult Learning Network in Ontario. The goal was to enhance communication and referrals among the agencies.

Enhancing Pathways Phase 2 (2011)
Literacy Network of Durham Region

Exploring the Gap Between London’s Immigrants and Local LBS Programs – Labour Market Partnership (LMP) Project (2013-2015)
Literacy Link South Central
The goal of the LMP project is to research and identify tools and resources that the literacy field can offer to help bring London’s immigrant community closer to employment. We will focus our research on jobs that have a high demand for workers, the skills that immigrants already bring to the labour market, and how an increase in literacy skills can help better connect London’s immigrants to those in-demand labour market opportunities.

Financial Literacy Workshops (2014-2015)
Adult Basic Education Association
The Adult Basic Education Association (ABEA) has released 3 financial literacy modules. These modules are free to use for community practitioners for a wide range of audiences. All materials are available in English and French.

Formalizing Transitions between Employment Services and LBS (2014)
Simcoe/Muskoka Literacy Network
The purpose of this project was to research the ways in which ES and LBS programs have been working together to promote transitions from ES to LBS and from LBS to ES. See page for more.

Getting to Know the Library in ASL
Ottawa Community Coalition for Literacy
A manual developed by the Ottawa Public Library (OPL) in partnership with the Ottawa Community Coalition for Literacy. The manual is designed to introduce adult learners (literacy, ESL/FSL) to the resources and services of the library and to help learners feel more at ease when dealing with the library.

Goal Path Summaries (2017)
Literacy Link Eastern Ontario
The OALCF Goal Paths have been summarized for ease of use.  The apprenticeship goal path has been split into 2 documents (Skills Training and Apprenticeship).

Apprenticeship Goal Path Summary
Employment Goal Path Summary
Independence Goal Path Summary
Post-secondary Goal Path Summary
Secondary School Credit Goal Path Summary
Skills Training Goal Path Summary

I Just Need a Job Workshop (2014)
Project READ Literacy Network of Waterloo/Wellington
This workshop was developed to help frontline Employment Service practitioners understand how to talk about “literacy” with their clients and how to successfully refer them to LBS programs. It also gives them training on how to use the screening tool for literacy needs that was developed for the LMP – Phase 2 Project in partnership with LLSC.

Labour Market Information for Literacy and Basic Skills and Employment Service Providers (2014-2015)
Adult Basic Education Association
Includes a variety of tools and training around incorporating Labour Market Information (LMI) into the classroom and building connections with Employment Services. This strategy is part of Literacy Link South Central’s Coordinating to Bring Low-Literacy and Marginalized Clients Employment – Phase II.

Labour Market Partnership (LMP) Report with Screening Tool, 2015
Project READ Literacy Network of Waterloo/Wellington
This is our project report for our portion of the LMP – Phase 2 project managed by LLSC.  In the appendices you will find the screening tool for Employment Services and OW staff to use to help in referring clients to LBS programs.  There is a guide for adapting the tool to your specifc regional needs.  We have also included a copy of the common referral form that is used across EO and OW programs in Waterloo-Wellington.

LBS + ES Blended Programming Guide (2016-2017)
Literacy Network Northeast

Learning to Earning Videos (2015)
Tri-County Literacy Network
This Employment Ontario project is funded by the Ontario government. The purpose of the project was to develop videos to showcase how and why adult upgrading can be part of one’s future success.

Literacy and Essential Skills Awareness Guide (2009) (English and French)
Rideau-Ottawa Valley Learning Network | Réseau d’apprentissage de la Valée Rideau-Ottawa (ROVLN | RAVRO)
ROVLN is pleased to present a new resource for employment counselors, The Literacy & Essential Skills Awareness Guide, available in English and French.

Literacy Screening Tool (English and French) (2015)
Metro Toronto Movement for Literacy
These tools have been designed to help you identify clients who could benefit from adult literacy and skills upgrading programs, available in English and French.

Making the Connection: Adult Literacy & Academic Upgrading Referral Guide (2014)
Metro Toronto Movement for Literacy
Designed to help frontline workers at employment centres, social service agencies and community organizations to identify clients who are eligible for adult literacy and upgrading programs and to assist in making appropriate referrals.

OK Learn (2014)
Metro Toronto Movement for Literacy
This website and resource material provides comprehensive information and assessment guides to help you identify the various learning pathways and transitions your client might need. These resources include information and guidance about English as a Second Language (ESL) and Language Instruction for Newcomers (LINC) programs.

Ontario’s Pathways (2014-2015)
Literacy Network of Durham Region
Poster and companion guide / pathways to post-secondary education.

Our Choice, Your Future – Employment Video Series (2014-2015)
Adult Basic Education Association
The Adult Basic Education Association (ABEA), in partnership with Workforce Planning Hamilton (WPH) has released 5 employment videos with support materials targeted to youth exploring their career options. You may find the videos can be used with many different audiences. All materials are available in English and French. All videos and support materials.

POW – Project Ontario Works (2012)
Literacy Link Niagara
This project wanted to address OW and literacy relationships that have developed in Ontario and ask

  • how did these relationships develop?
  • what were the challenges and what are the successes


Project New Skills (2012-2013)
Adult Basic Education Association 
Project New Skills was a Workplace Literacy and Essential Skills (WLES) project partnership between Mohawk College, Adult Basic Education Association and the Hamilton Training Advisory Board. This Hamilton project was to help determine an individual’s learning needs to support their employment, education and/or training goals.

Upgrading Skills for Laid Off Workers (2010)
QUILL Adult Learning Network
YouTube Video – This video was produced to increase awareness of the role that adult learning programs can play in labour adjustment situations. The video depicts the heartfelt emotions of displaced workers, the potential for success within an upgrading program, and partnerships between LBS programs and Action Centres.

Working Together (English and French)
Ottawa Community Coalition for Literacy
This pamphlet is intended to help anyone who may be thinking of referring a client to one of Ottawa’s Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS) programs or to an ACE (Academic and Career Entrance) program.

Workplace Essential Skills Toolkit (updated 2015)
Adult Basic Education Association
This toolkit was developed to help Learning Networks implement brokering services for workplace education programs, as well as help employers understand the need and how to go about attaining Essential Skills in the workplace.  For more information contact Sara Gill at