The consequences of illiteracy are many and harmful in several respects. As well as affecting illiterate individuals themselves in their daily and future lives, this scourge has a significant effect on society, both socially and economically.
The consequences of illiteracy on individuals and society include the following:
Without the basic tools necessary for achieving their goals, individuals without an adequate level of literacy cannot be full-fledged members of society and cannot be involved fully and on a completely equal basis in social and political discourse.
Données sociales du Québec, édition 2009 (Social data on Quebec, 2009 edition), Institut de la statistique du Québec, 2009.
Green, David A. and W. Craig Riddell, Literacy and the Labour Market: The Generation of Literacy and Its Impact on Earnings for Native Born Canadians, International Adult Literacy Survey (collection), Catalogue No. 89-552-MWE, 2003, No. 18, Statistics Canada, Ottawa, 2007.
“Learning and Literacy: Canada’s Challenges,” Chapter 6 of State of Learning in Canada: No Time for Complacency, Section 6.3 “The literacy facts of life,” p. 88, Canadian Council on Learning, 2007.Canadian Council on Learning, Reading the Future: Planning to meet Canada’s future literacy needs, 2008.