Sponsoring Organizations

Connecting the Dots was supported under the terms of a contribution agreement between the Office of Literacy and Essential Skills (OLES), Human Resources and Social Development Canada. The Project is managed by The Centre for Literacy of Quebec.

OLES is the Government of Canada's centre of expertise for Literacy and Essential Skills. Through its partner-based approach, OLES focuses on three areas: increasing Canada's knowledge-base on literacy and essential skills, developing effective training tools, and ensuring knowledge and tools are shared among stakeholders, partners, and the Canadian public. OLES was created in April 2007, bringing together the National Office of Literacy and Learning (NOLL) and the Essential Skills Initiative (ESI) into one organization that supports the broad continuum of literacy and essential skills at the national level.

Partner Organizations

The Project was overseen by four partner literacy organizations with many combined years of experience in adult literacy including research, advocacy, and service delivery.

The Centre for Literacy

The Centre for Literacy of Quebec

The Centre for Literacy of Quebec is a resource, research and professional development organization that promotes literacy by making connections between research, public policy and practice. Its vision is of a society where access to learning opportunities and supports enables all individuals to achieve personal goals and participate fully in their communities. Established in 1989, based in Quebec and working in English, The Centre promotes links across linguistic and geographic boundaries through its services and projects. It has a library, offers institutes and customized workshops and consulting, puts out regular and occasional publications, and engages in action-research projects, the most recent of which is Connecting the Dots. The Centre also manages Connecting the Dots.

Literacy BC


Literacy BC is the non-partisan, membership-based, registered not-for-profit supporting literacy and lifelong learning in British Columbia since 1990. Literacy BC works with a diverse network of partners to support adult learners and their families, raise public awareness, promote innovation in practice, build capacity and influence policy.

Movement for Canadian Literacy

Movement for Canadian Literacy

MCL is a national non-profit organization representing literacy coalitions, organizations and individuals from every province and territory. Since 1978 MCL has worked to:

  • Provide information to the federal government and the general public about issues related to adult literacy in Canada
  • Provide a national forum for provincial and territorial literacy organizations to work together to ensure that every Canadian has access to quality literacy education
  • Strengthen the adult student/learner voice in Canada
  • Support the development of a strong movement of people and organizations involved with adult literacy education. MCL is a coalition of provincial and territorial literacy coalitions. Each member coalition appoints one representative to the Board of Directors, and one adult learner representative to the MCL Learners Advisory Network (LAN). Four members of the LAN are elected to the MCL Board and two of these LAN members sit on the Executive Committee.



RiPAL-BC is a grass roots network of individuals and organizations committed to research in practice in adult literacy in British Columbia. The primary objectives of RiPAL-BC are:

  • To support research-related professional development among BC practitioners
  • To promote research in practice and create opportunities for BC practitioners to participate
  • To develop a plan to sustain research in practice in BC over the long-term

Research in practice opens up opportunities to engage with research in different ways, whether it's taking part in a research project, reading and reflecting on a research report, sharing ideas with colleagues at a face-to-face meeting, joining an online discussion, or attending a conference. Research in practice is more than doing research. When you read and reflect on research and discuss research findings with colleagues you are engaged in research in practice. When you connect ideas and findings to your work, and make changes and improve your practice as a result, you are participating in research in practice.

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