Mandatory literacy testing begins

October 1, 2001 marked the day the Ontario government began a controversial plan of mandatory literacy testing for welfare recipients. In a press release the Community and Social Services Critic is afraid that mandatory testing may deter people from applying for welfare, as they may be too embarrassed to expose their literacy capabilities. The Toronto Advocacy Council for Adult Literacy's information sheet (Link removed - No longer exists) on the testing, explains why they are opposed to this government action.