Burnaby MLAs say adult literacy program will help people build skills to succeed

BURNABY New Democrat MLAs Janet Routledge, Katrina Chen, Raj Chouhan and Anne Kang say people in Burnaby will have more opportunities to improve their literacy, math skills, and digital skills thanks to increased funding for Community Adult Literacy Programs.

“One of the ways we can reduce barriers in accessing the workforce is to invest in programs like the Community Adult Literacy Program,” says Janet Routledge, MLA for Burnaby North. “These programs allow for adults to learn close to home and in an environment that best suits their needs and abilities, setting them up for success in their careers.”

Burnaby Neighbourhood House is receiving funding for their Community Adult Literacy Program. These community-based programs are offered by trained volunteers and focus on basic literacy, numeracy, life skills and employment preparation, and can be a starting point towards high school completion and/or further education or training.

“Community-based literacy programs give people the skills to thrive in the workforce and the community,” says Katrina Chen, MLA for Burnaby-Lougheed. “These programs are not just designed to empower people in the next phase of their careers, but also to build their confidence and help them support their children in learning.”

The New Democrat government invests $3.4 million annually for Community Adult Literacy Programs, as part of our commitment to giving people the skills and opportunities they need to succeed.


Anne Kang, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Training and MLA for Burnaby-Deer Lake

“Community-based literacy programs provide people living in our province with the support they need to succeed and thrive in today’s workforce,” said Anne Kang, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Training. “I believe that by investing in community adult literacy programs and connecting people with the education and training they need, we are making a difference in supporting the first step in many people’s educational journeys. From creating household budgets to completing job applications, the skills gained in these programs can make a positive difference in a person’s life.”

Raj Chouhan, MLA for Burnaby-Edmonds

“Part of building a stronger B.C. is investing in programs like the Community Adult Literacy Program. This program will support newcomers, work-permit holders and refugee claimants in strengthening their skills, so that they can feel confident in entering the workforce and accessing services and programs.”

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