NDP MLA Joan Phillip says expanded adult literacy program will help people build essential skills

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VANCOUVER – New Democrat MLA Joan Phillip says people looking to improve their skills in reading, writing, math, and digital literacy will benefit from increased access to free adult literacy programs across B.C.

“Improving reading, writing, and math skills can help someone turn their life around and take advantage of so many more opportunities,” said Joan Phillip, MLA for Vancouver-Mount Pleasant. “By supporting adult literacy programs across downtown Vancouver, we’re giving more people the tools to thrive.”

In the following community literacy providers in Vancouver are receiving funding:

  • Carnegie Community Centre – Carnegie Literacy Inreach/Outreach Program
  • Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association of BC – Hastings Park Learning Centre
  • Kiwassa Neighbourhood House – East Vancouver Family Literacy Program
  • Strathcona Community Centre – Strathcona Family Literacy Program
  • Coast Mental Health Clubhouse – Coast Clubhouse Learning Lab
  • Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House – Family Literacy Outreach Program
  • Ray-Cam Cooperative Centre – Ray-Cam Indigenous-Centred Adult Learners Program

The B.C. government invests $3.4 million annually to support the Community Adult Literacy Program (CALP). This funding will support 102 adult literacy programs in 132 communities, supporting over 16,000 people across B.C. This annual investment builds on last year’s 97 programs in 128 communities.

These community-based, adult, family, and Indigenous literacy programs help people gain skills in basic literacy, numeracy, life skills, and employment preparation. The programs are delivered by trained volunteers and include one-on-one-tutoring and small-group classes.

Learn More: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2023PSFS0049-001346