NDP MLAs say expanded adult literacy program will help people build essential skill

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NORTH SHORE – New Democrat MLA Bowinn Ma and Susie Chant say 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.

“We want newcomers to Canada to feel welcomed and supported when they choose to make North Vancouver their home, and adult literacy programs are a step in that process. These programs give many people the confidence they need to independently take part in society,” says Bowinn Ma, MLA for North Vancouver–Lonsdale. “These programs also provide meaningful connections between the volunteers and the students, which strengthens our communities.”

On the North Shore, the following community literacy providers are receiving funding:

  • North Shore Neighbourhood House – Lower Lonsdale Literacy Outreach Program
  • St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church – Queen Mary Family Literacy Program

“Expanding adult literacy programs means more people will be able to improve their own quality of life,” says Susie Chant, MLA for North Vancouver – Seymour. “Beyond literacy, these programs can offer classes on improving your math skills, or even guide you on how to use a computer. For many, these programs are the first step to a world of opportunities that they might not have had access to before.”

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