Skills that are the foundation for learning all other skills, such as reading, using documents and numeracy skills, are measured on a 5-level continuum of ability. Each level represents a range of proficiency.
|Level 1||Level 2||Level 3+|
|Able to consistently find, process and use direct and unambiguous information, and complete familiar tasks. May find it difficult to consistently find, process and use new information.||Able to consistently find, process and use information that is less familiar, uncomplicated and clearly laid out. May have difficulties with unfamiliar information or tasks.||Able to consistently integrate information from several sources to solve more complex problems and complete more complex tasks. Skills are adaptable and transferable from one situation to another.|
At minimum, Canadians require skills at Level 3 or higher to successfully manage the demands of work and everyday life. Level 3 is considered the "desired level" for safe and productive work in a knowledge-intensive society. Most Red Seal Trades require reading, using documents and numeracy skills at Level 3 or higher.