About Us

Canada’s pre-eminent literacy organization, The Centre for Literacy supports best practices and informed policy development in literacy and essential skills by creating bridges between research, policy and practice. We do this through learning events (including institutes and workshops), action research projects and publications, and  through our website. Read more about The Centre

Your donations support:

pamphlets for Lire/Imagine/Read

A reading promotion project at the Montreal Children's Hospital, and other action-research projects

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What's New

2015 Last Summer Institute hosted by The Centre/The Centre announces closure

The Centre for Literacy closed on Thursday, May 28, 2015. There is no further telephone connection, but the e-mail will remain in place. The web site will also stay up while we work with partner organizations to find ways to keep our resources accessible.

Thank you to the many colleagues and supporters who have sent messages. The work will go on in new ways. The 2015 Summer Institute will be the last hosted by The Centre. It will take place as planned from June 11-12, in collaboration with and supported by our long-standing francophone partners. 

See the full statement [English  français]

English under the Arches (EUA): Innovative Workplace Training at McDonald’s USA (Thursday, May 7, 2015)

McDonald's USA has created innovative pathways to learning for employees who need to up-skill. This webinar outlines English Under the Arches, the first component of its over-arching learning strategy.

New Email Address for Centre

Please note our new email address: centforlitinfo@gmail.com.

Summer Institute 2015 - Digital Environments: Opportunities and challenges for literacy, learning and citizenship

June 11-12, 2015, University of Montreal, Montreal, Quebec.

Is the idea of "digital divide" outdated? Steve Reder suggests a new metaphor to mark milestones on the "digital pathways" that individuals follow en route to digital competence.
Most countries now see e-learning as a means to enhance both economic and social outcomes for the country and its citizens. Has Canada lost the pillar of citizenship in its skills agenda? Hear policy makers and community developers from industrialized countries and countries in the global South grapple with the issues....

And there is still time to register for the Institute

Canadian Adult Literacy Database (Copian) accessible again

Le Centre de documentation sur l’éducation des adultes et la condition féminine (CDÉACF), in collaboration with RESDAC and The Centre for Literacy, are pleased to announce the re-launch of the Copian bilingual online resource collection (formerly the National Adult Literacy Database) , which closed earlier this year. Now housed on the CDÉACF servers, the collection is accessible in English and French.