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

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PRINCE RUPERT – New Democrat MLA Jennifer Rice 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.


“People who struggle with literacy skills may feel stigma, but these community-based programs are here to help in an accessible, welcoming way,” says Jennifer Rice, MLA for the North Coast. “In our North Coast-Haida Gwaii region, this funding is especially important to ensure these programs can carry on.”

Along the North Coast, the following community literacy providers are receiving funding:

  • Change Makers’ Education Society – Wayi Wah!
  • Gitxaala Nation Continuous Learning Centre – Learning Together
  • Literacy Haida Gwaii – Lifelong Learning on Haida Gwaii
  • North Coast Immigrant & Multicultural Services Society – Community Adult Literacy 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/29413