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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 also through our library services and website. Read more about The Centre

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What's New

Summer Institute 2014: Exploring PIAAC Data - Enriching research, supporting practice

SRDC has released the results of the UPSKILL: Essentials to Excel Project, which they presented at Summer Institute 2014.  

You can now see photos from the Institute, as well as videos of the presentations made by participants. Slides of the presentations will be available soon.

Institut d'été 2014: le 25-27 juin

Latest Updates


Our latest additions to the website include:

Canadian Literacy and Learning Network Announces Closure

The Board of Directors of the Canadian Literacy and Learning Network (CLLN) has announced that, due to its recent defunding by the federal government, CLLN will cease operation in March 2015. Its Ottawa office is being closed immediately.

August 2014 Research Scan

Our August 2014 scan features summaries of a presentation on low-proficiency adult readers in Canada (PIAAC); a report on UPSKILL, a randomized control trial of outcomes of a workplace LES intervention in Canada's accommodations industry; reports on measurement of learning outcomes of adult education programs, and more..

Calgary Charter Praised for Advancing Health Equity

In a blog posting, Communicate Health, a respected company specializing in clear health communication, praises the Calgary Charter as a great framework for "empowering people and helping them learn how to transform information into action".

Defunding of Adult Literacy Organizations Means Hard Times for Sector

Recent updates: Brigid Hayes asks "what is OLES currently funding?". CASEA publishes an open letter to Jason Kenney, Copian takes its websites and online documents collection offline

Recent actions by and statements from the Government of Canada make it clear that it will no longer support a pan-Canadian adult literacy "infrastructure”. This will force many Canadian adult literacy organizations to downsize or close. Here, we summarize and link to news stories and announcements about the current situation.

  • Voir aussi les pages page de RESDAC et de CDÉACF sur l`abolition des subventions fédérales pour les organismes d'alphabétisation et de développement des compétences

Research study on adult literacy teaching practices: Canadian practitioners invited

Canadian practioners are invited to participate in an online survey for a Center for the Study of Adult Literacy (CSAL) study on the texts and teaching practices used in adult literacy centers. To collect input from practitioners, they are administering an online survey.