OHPE Series on Plain Language
Part I--Health literacy and clear writing go hand in hand – Make the connection between literacy level and plain English
This first article from May 2010 defined plain language and demonstrated how the theory can be put into practice.
Part II --Plain English Bootcamp: Tips for improving understanding of written materials
Our August 2010 installment included a series of “drills” to help put any text into plain language. Available at
The Canadian Council on Learning
The site includes information on health literacy including a map on healthy literacy in Canada and Health Literacy in Canada report.
The International Adult Literacy and Skills Survey (IALSS)
The report summary with its findings regarding the literacy proficiency of Canadians, is available as a PDF file from ABC Canada Literacy Foundation at the above URL.
Health Literacy from A to Z: Practical Ways to Communicate Your Health Message
This text by Helen Osborne (2005) includes key principles and strategies of effective health communications. More information on the book and the author can be found at her website (above).
Canadian Public Health Association
CPHA provides a plain language service for health professionals, voluntary sector organizations, government departments and the private sector.
Clear Language @ Work Inc
This Toronto-based organization provides plain language services and resources including tips and a plain language online thesaurus.
Naomi Shacter Graphic Design
Visit the site above to see the organization's resources, including a low literacy design tips and a newsletter.