NDP MLAs say expanded adult literacy program will help people in Chilliwack build essential skills

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CHILLIWACK – New Democrat MLAs Dan Coulter and Kelli Paddon 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.

“Our government makes it a priority to help fund adult literacy programs so that all British Columbians can thrive in our society,” said Dan Coulter, MLA for Chilliwack. “I’m grateful to the folks at Chilliwack community services and the Chilliwack learning society for the work they continue to do for people in our community.”

In Chilliwack, the following community literacy providers are receiving funding:

  • Chilliwack Community Services- Pathways to Learning 
  • Chilliwack Learning Society- Adult Learning Services
“Literacy effects so many aspects of our lives at every age and is key in making sure people can access services, education, and jobs to help them thrive in British Columbia,” said Kelli Paddon, MLA for Chilliwack-Kent. “Thanks to this funding, more adults across the region will be able to strengthen their literacy skills and pursue new opportunities.”

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