NDP MLA Nicholas Simons says expanded adult literacy program will help people build essential skills

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SUNSHINE COAST – New Democrat MLA Nicholas Simons 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.

“Literacy is more than the ability to read and write, it unlocks the door to new opportunities,” said Nicholas Simons, MLA for Powell River-Sunshine Coast. “Our government knows the difference education can make. Not only do programs like these help people in their daily lives, they help people reach their goals.”

In the following community literacy providers are receiving funding:

  • Lift Community Services of qathet Society – CALL (Community Adult Literacy & Learning) Adult and Family programs
  • Gibson & District Public Library – Community Access to Literacy and Learning

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