Types of Literacy

Financial Literacy: “This means having the knowledge, skills and confidence to make responsible financial decisions.”
 – Canadian Task Force on Financial Literacy

Health Literacy: “Health literacy generally refers to the ability of individuals to access and use health information to make appropriate health decisions and maintain basic health.” – Canadian Council of Learning

Workplace Literacy: Workplace Basic Skills are the core skills that employees need to do their jobs successfully. These skills are critical to the success of modern business and include literacy skills and other important skills, attitudes and behaviors that are essential to workplace success and high performance. – ABC Life Literacy Canada

Computer Literacy: This refers to having the knowledge and ability to use technology efficiently.

Critical Thinking: Critical thinking is the process of actively and skillfully applying, analyzing and evaluating information gathered from observing, reflecting, and / or experiencing something.

Prose Literacy: This is the ability to understand and use information from texts, brochures and instructional manuals.

Document Literacy: This is about finding and using information from specific documents such as maps, charts, job applications and medical forms etc…

Numeracy: Refers to how we apply arithmetic operations to numbers contained in print material.  This includes such tasks as balancing your cheque book, balancing accounts, completing order forms and figuring out tips.

Problem Solving: This means having an understanding of problem situations and setting goals to work through a step-by-step process to solving it, based on planning and reasoning.