Funding boost to local literacy programs will help people get the skills they need, says NDP MLA Grace Lore

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VICTORIA – New Democrat MLA Grace Lore says a funding boost to community-based adult literacy programs will help people gain skills in reading, writing, math and digital literacy.

“Victoria Literacy Connection does incredible work to support adult learners with basic reading, writing, and other literacy skills,” said Grace Lore, MLA for Victoria-Beacon Hill. “Literacy is essential for many daily tasks including banking or taking medications, and this grant to Victoria Literacy Connection will support their work and make life better for many people in our community.”

Victoria Literacy Connection received $30,689.09 to support their Greater Victoria Adult Literacy Program for the 2021-22 year.

The New Democrat government is investing $2.9 million in the Community Adult Literacy Program which includes a one-time investment for 2021-22. This support will fund 97 programs, delivered by 66 organizations in 128 communities throughout the province.

Community based Indigenous, adult and family literacy programs are provided free of charge and delivered by community organizations, Indigenous-led  organizations, and public-post secondary institutions. Literacy programming typically includes one-on-one tutoring and small-group instruction which supports all levels of literacy. In 2020, many programs shifted to online service delivery in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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