2nd Session, 61st General Assembly
59 Elizabeth II, 2010
The Honourable Marilyn More
Minister of Labour and Workforce Development
First Reading: December 2, 2010 (LINK TO BILL AS INTRODUCED)
Second Reading: December 9, 2010
Third Reading: December 10, 2010
Royal Assent: December 10, 2010
WHEREAS the Government of Nova Scotia is committed to the development of Nova Scotia as a learning province where every place is a learning place and everyone a learner;
AND WHEREAS participation in lifelong learning through formal, non-formal and informal learning opportunities at all stages of life has intrinsic value, enhancing the confidence, skills and abilities of Nova Scotia residents with respect to family life, social and civic engagement, workforce participation, productivity and success, and health and well-being, including the development of mind, body and spirit and participation in community and cultural life;
AND WHEREAS lifelong learning opportunities reflect a learning continuum ranging from participation in families, schools, post secondary education, community and other adult-learning organizations, workplace education and training, community and cultural experiences, sports and recreation activities, and volunteer organizations;
AND WHEREAS lifelong learning includes adult learning;
AND WHEREAS adult learning is recognized as a shared responsibility amongst learners, their families, educators, employers and employees, communities and government;
AND WHEREAS adult learning requires learner-centered, multi-faceted, holistic teaching approaches that are consistent with recognized adult-learning principles;
AND WHEREAS participation in adult learning is enhanced when individuals have the necessary literacy and essential skills required to maximize their learning opportunities;
THEREFORE be it enacted by the Governor and Assembly as follows:
1 This Act may be cited as the Adult Learning Act.
2 The purpose of this Act is to provide designated components of adult learning whose primary mandate is to support adult-learning programs and services to enable adult learners to develop their potential and acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to contribute to a healthy society and a prosperous and sustainable economy.
3 In this Act,
(a) "Department" means the Department of Labour and Workforce Development;
(b) "designated component" means the Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning or a specified adult-learning component designated under this Act;
(c) "Minister" means the Minister of Labour and Workforce Development;
(d) "Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning" means the adult-learning component of the Department known as the Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning;
(e) "personal information" means personal information as defined in the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act;
5 The Minister shall regularly consult with the adult-learning community including, but not limited to, adult learners, adult-learning practitioners and adult-learning organizations to continue the strategic development, implementation and evaluation of adult learning in the Province.
6 The Minister may require Government agencies and the other departments, branches and offices of the Government of the Province to provide the Minister with information to assist in the continued strategic development, implementation and evaluation of adult learning in the Province.
7 (1) The purpose of the Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning is to provide support for learning organizations to offer tuition-free adult-learning programs in English or French for adult Nova Scotians seeking to improve their knowledge and skills.
11 (1) For the purpose of evaluating and monitoring a learning organization and an adult-learning program offered by a learning organization that has received support from a designated component, the Minister may
(b) monitor the manner in which the learning organization provides its adult-learning program, facilities, resource materials and other aspects of the learning organization's learning environment through site visits, review of resource materials and records and such other means as determined by the Minister;
(c) conduct interviews or surveys of adult learners attending the adult-learning program, and require the learning organization to provide information respecting adult learners who are attending or have attended the adult-learning program, for the purpose of conducting interviews or surveys;(e) take any other steps that the Minister considers necessary to evaluate the learning organization and adult-learning program.
14 The Minister may enter into agreements with the Government of Canada, the government of another province of Canada, a municipality, learning organizations or any person in respect of adult learning in the Province.
(e) respecting records to be made and maintained by learning organizations that receive support under a designated component, and information that those learning organizations are required to provide to the Minister, including records and information respecting