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Expanding adult literacy programs throughout B.C.

VICTORIA – People looking to improve their lives through improved reading, writing,
math and digital skills will benefit from increased access to free adult literacy
programs throughout B.C.

“Improving literacy and numeracy skills is a large step forward that has a massive
impact on people’s quality of life, improving job and career prospects and thriving in
B.C.’s robust and strong economy,” said Selina Robinson, Minister of Post-Secondary
Education and Future Skills. “This investment will connect people with the skills they
need to take the next step in their educational and career journey.”

The Province invests $3.4 million annually to support the Community Adult Literacy
Program (CALP). In 2023-24, this funding will support 102 adult literacy programs to
be delivered by 71 providers in 132 communities around B.C. that will support more
than 16,000 people in the province. This annual investment builds on last year’s 97
programs in 128 communities.

“Adults who increase their literacy and essential skills have more job opportunities,
are more likely to continue their education and have better health – creating brighter
futures and resilient communities,” said Sandra Lee, executive director, Decoda
Literacy Solutions. “Decoda is proud to work with the Ministry of Post-Secondary
Education and Future Skills to support Community Adult Literacy Programs across
the province. This funding allows us to provide training, professional development
and resources for adult literacy providers in over 100 communities.”

These community-based, adult, family and Indigenous literacy programs help people
gain skills in basic literacy, numeracy, life skills and employment preparation. The
programs are delivered by trained volunteers and include one-on-one-tutoring and
small-group classes.

“When people have strong literacy skills, their ability to advocate and make informed
decisions for themselves and their families increases, their earning potential is
greater and they become engaged community members,” said Desneiges Profili,
executive director, Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy (CBAL). “Empowering people
to take charge of their learning better prepares them to acquire the skills needed in
today’s changing world. With thousands of learners walking through CBAL doors
every year, CALP funding is essential to ensure community members get the support
they need to not just survive, but thrive.” (

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