The Ontario Adult Literacy Curriculum Framework (OALCF) is task-based, learner-centred, goal-directed and transitions-oriented. The OALCF will provide the standards to link the LBS Program to the labour force and to the broader education and training system.


The OALCF supports the development of task-based programming. Tasks are relevant activities that bundle skills and knowledge in unique ways. They are activities that a learner can expect to do in a job, at home or in the community. There are three task complexity levels in the OALCF for assessment purposes.


The OALCF defines the scope of the LBS Program using five goal paths for learners:

  • Employment
  • Apprenticeship
  • Secondary School Credit
  • Postsecondary
  • Independence


The OALCF builds on current literacy practices and strengthens the links between the LBS Program and Ontario’s employment, education and training system.

To read the Introduction to the Curriculum Framework, visit:

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You can access the OALCF Tools and Resources Summaries at the link below. This is similar to a bibliography and lists the documents that have been produced so far. It is a good reference guide and contains links to all of the resources for easy accessibility.

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You may also want to consult the most recent version of the Literacy and Basic Skills Service Provider Guidelines at:

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Check out the the Deaf Literacy Initiative website for OALCF materials in ASL:

The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) encourages service delivery organizations to contact them with questions, concerns and comments about the OALCF. You can contact them at (English and French) or talk to your Employment Training Consultant. OCCL encourages programs to share major concerns and any responses received from MTCU with the members of the Local Planning and Coordination Committee.

Embedded Skills, Knowledge and Attitudes Reference Guide for Ontario (ESKARGO)

These resources can help practitioners select tasks and bridge the gap between selecting a task and knowing what to teach. ESKARGO may be helpful for the following:

  • how to link initial assessment with the selection of goal-related tasks for learners
  • how to select appropriate tasks for learners to work on
  • how to sequence tasks appropriately
  • how to identify the embedded knowledge, skills and attitudes in particular tasks
  • how to select content and identify the starting point for instruction and learning
  • how to track foundational skill development in a task-bsed model
  • how to introduce learners to a task-based approach