We envision a Canada where everyone has the tools and opportunities they need to improve their literacy and essential skills.
ABC Life Literacy Canada strengthens organizations that promote adult learning by developing and supporting the use of high-quality introductory learning materials and resources written in clear language.
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 tools and opportunities they need to improve their literacy and essential skills.
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 aged 16 to 65 continue to struggle with low literacy.
Donations made to ABC CANADA are used for the following purposes:
1. Providing adult learners and their families with the tools and resources they need, such as Family Literacy Day, the Look Under Learn program, our financial literacy program Money Matters, and our workplace literacy program UP Skills for Work.
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 our public service announcements.
4. Collaborating with and supporting the literacy field by providing tools and resources.
5. Increasing ABC Life Literacy Canada’s effectiveness, including excellence in fundraising, sponsorship and communications.
About ABC Life Literacy Canada
ABC Life Literacy Canada programs include:
ABC Health Matters – Health literacy program that empowers adult learners to manage their health more effectively and increases confidence when talking about and making decisions regarding the health of themselves and their families.
Essential Skills Day – Raises awareness about the importance of workplace literacy and essential skills training. The nine essential skills are the foundation for all other skills and enable people to evolve with their jobs and adapt to workplace change.
Family Literacy Day – Created in 1999, promotes the importance of reading and engaging in learning activities together as a family on a daily basis. Canadians celebrate this special day at literacy-themed events across the nation annually on January 27.
HSBC Family Literacy First – A free family literacy program that offers learning modules in English, French, Simplified Chinese, Tagalog and Arabic.
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.
Money Matters – A free introductory financial literacy program for adult learners which helps to build confidence in managing personal finances.
UP Skills for Work – A workplace literacy program to help adult learners develop key employability skills.