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* 1. Which of the following best describes your position in your business or organization?

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* 2. How many employees does your business or organization employ?

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* 3. Do you have difficulty finding qualified employees?

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* 4. What are the main issues preventing you from finding qualified employees?

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* 5. Literacy refers to the importance of life-long and life-wide literacy and learning. Acquiring a broad range of literacy skills in reading, writing, and math can result in a more productive and more successful life experience. Low levels of literacy can affect life in the workplace, family and community. Please rate the following statement - Literacy is a major issue among Canada's workforce.

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* 6. Please rate the following statement - Improving literacy is not the responsibility of the employer.

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* 7. Please rate the following statement - A significant proportion of my employees have low levels of literacy.

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* 8. Essential skills are not the technical skills required by particular occupations but rather the skills applied in all occupations, such as the ability to adapt, learn new skills and perform the task required by their occupation or in their daily life. The Government of Canada identifies essential workplace skills as: reading, working with others, document use, numeracy, computer skills, writing, continious learning, oral communication and thinking skills. What percentage of employees in your organization do you think adequately possess these essential skills?

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* 9. Please rate the extent to which you agree or disagree with the following statement - There is currently a significant skills shortage in Canada.

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* 10. Please rate the extent to which you agree or disagree with the following statement - Finding qualified employees is a problem in my industry/sector.

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* 11. Please rate the extent to which you agree or disagree with the following statement - More government funding is needed to provide essential skills training.

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* 12. Please rate the following statement - It is the government's responsibility to provide essential skills training.

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* 13. What types of impacts has your company experienced due to literacy and/or essential skills issues of employees?

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* 14. What types of actions are you (or your business) taking to help your employees improve their literacy and essential skills?

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* 15. Does your company's HR practice permit the hiring of employees who do not have a High School Diploma, Adult Learning Diploma or General Education Development (GED) equivalency?

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* 16. Would your company be receptive to hiring an employee if they did not have a High School Diploma, Adult Learning Diploma or General Education Development (GED) equivalency?

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* 17. What percentage of Canadians do you believe are below a literacy level considered the minimum to function well in today's society?

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* 18. Generally speaking, which of the following best describes your industry?

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* 19. What is the total annual Canadian revenue of your business (before taxes)?

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* 20. Where are you located? Choose as many locations as applicable.

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* 21. Would you like to see a summary of the results of this survey?

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