MAPLE RIDGE – New Democrat MLAs Bob D’Eith and Lisa Beare 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.
“Literacy is essential for many everyday tasks that most of us don’t even think about,” said Bob D’Eith, MLA for Maple Ridge-Mission. “Programs like this one offered in Maple Ridge help all British Columbians thrive.”
The Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Katzie Community Literacy Committee is receiving funding for their Lifelong Learning for Adults program.
“Community service providers play pivotal roles in the lives of people across British Columbians,” said Lisa Beare, MLA for Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows. “I’m grateful that we can work with the University of the Fraser Valley to provide adult literacy programs here in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows.”
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.