We envision a Canada where everyone has the literacy skills they need to live a fully engaged life.
We inspire Canadians to increase their literacy skills.
We connect and mobilize business, unions, government, communities and individuals to support lifelong learning.
We achieve our goals through leadership in programs, communications and partnerships.
ABC Life Literacy Canada (formerly ABC CANADA Literacy Foundation) is a non-profit organization that inspires Canadians to increase their literacy skills. We mobilize business, unions, government and communities to support lifelong learning and achieve our goals through leadership in programs, communications and partnerships. ABC Life Literacy Canada envisions a Canada where everyone has the skills they need to live a fully engaged life.
The organization was launched in 1990 – International Literacy Year – by a group of business, labour and education leaders concerned about the social and economic effects of wide-spread literacy challenges among Canadian adults. Four out of 10 adult Canadians, age 16 to 65 continue to struggle with low literacy.
Donations made to ABC CANADA are used for the following purposes:
1. Providing adult learners with the tools and resources they need, such as the ‘Look Under Learn’ program and new financial literacy program, ‘Money Matters’;
2. Engaging employers and unions to implement literacy and essential skills training in the workplace through initiatives such as ‘Essential Skills Day’;
3. Helping the public understand and support adult literacy and lifelong learning through initiatives such as social media outreach and the new program, Life Literacy Ambassadors;
4. Collaborating with and supporting the literacy field by providing tools and resources such as Family Literacy Day; and
5. Increasing ABC Life Literacy Canada’s effectiveness, including excellence in fundraising, sponsorship and communications.
ABC Life Literacy Canada programs include:
Family Literacy Day – Created in 1999, promotes the importance of reading and learning together as a family on a daily basis. Annually on January 27, over 300,000 Canadians celebrate this special day at literacy-themed events across the nation.
LEARN – A national program, first launched in 1994, where advertisements direct adult learners to literacy organizations in their community to find help with reading, writing and math.
Training Matters – A publication showcasing leadership in Canadian workplace literacy programs and inserted in Canadian Business.
Good Reads Books – A collection of fiction and non-fiction books written for adult learners by noteworthy Canadian authors.
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Contact Name:Anthony Alfred, Interim President