Registered Name: Frontier College/Collège Frontière

Business Number: 107408445RR0001

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Our Mission

Canada's original literacy organization, Frontier College works with volunteers and community partners to give people the skills and confidence they need to reach their potential and contribute to society.Literacy is an essential skill in today’s world. We believe that literacy is a right. 

We will achieve our mission for literacy while incorporating our values through the following actions:

  • Volunteer mobilization
  • Youth leadership development
  • Community capacity building

About This Charity

Since 1899, Frontier College has been reaching out to Canadians in their communities and responding to their learning needs. We are committed to changing lives through literacy using proven methods as well as innovative approaches. For decades, our work was carried out by university students who signed on to live, work and teach alongside workers in isolated "frontier" settlements: rail gangs, lumber and mining camps and shipyards.  Today, you’ll find us on inner-city streets, Aboriginal communities, in schools and libraries, public housing sites, prisons and shelters. We work with Canadians who have little or no access to other educational opportunities or who need extra support - wherever they are.

When you support Frontier College, you are helping to improve reading and writing skills of adults, youth and children in communities across Canada.  You can take pride in knowing that your donation is making a profound difference in the lives of learners and their families.  An investment in literacy is an investment in the future.


What People Are Saying

"I became involved with Frontier College as a volunteer for the Peter Gzowski golf tournaments (PGI) for literacy. Meeting the people who have learned to read later in life has been profoundly inspiring. They have become my heroes. You could say that Frontier College has changed my life too."

— Shelagh Rogers, host CBC Radio, Sounds Like Canada, Read More

"Frontier College has been on the forefront of literacy in Canada for more than 100 years and continues to be a leader, reaching out to people and responding to their learning needs. I am pleased to be involved with and support Frontier College."

— Gerry McCaughey, Former President & CEO, CIBC, Read More

"I am the parent of a boy who attends the Homework Club. The tutoring was really helpful for him. It helped him in subjects that he had problems with. He just needed the extra help on his schoolwork. He’s looking forward to coming back to the Homework Club for more help next year."

— Parent, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Read More

"I was first introduced to Frontier College and Dr. Edmund Bradwin in the spring of 1952. Bradwin inspired me to believe that working as a Labourer-Teacher 10 hours a day, six days a week, and teaching new immigrants at night, was a special privilege. "

— R. Roy McMurtry, Q.C. Former Chief Justice of Ontario, Read More

" I had been out of school for five years and I'd come to the point where I could only move forward. Beat the Street gave me a warm welcome. Now, I am upgrading my math and English and trying to get my grade 12 equivalency. For the first time, I'm learning how to use a computer."

— young adult learner, Beat the Street, Toronto, ON, Read More

"I am happy to thank the people that make [this program] possible. They are taking time out of their lives to help people and I am forever grateful. I commend Frontier College."

— Adult learner, Montreal, Quebec , Read More

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