Adult Literacy and Learning Programs

Adult Literacy and Learning Programs

What is literacy?

The ability to identify, understand, interpret, create, communicate, compute, and use printed and written materials in varying contexts.

More than just reading and writing, literacy is "reading the word and the world" in many contexts.

Literacy benefits:

  • Find and use information effectively
  • Act as informed players
  • Manage daily life whether making health care choices, parenting, managing household finances, or engaging in the world of work
  • Lays the foundation for life-long learning and impacts employment opportunities

1 in 5 adult Albertans face daily literacy and numeracy challenges.

Through the Community Adult Learning Program, the Alberta Government provides funding to 130 organizations to support the delivery of part-time, nonformal adult learning opportunities and other supports in over 600 communities across the province.

These organizations are points of entry within their communities for adult learners and play a vital role in helping learners navigate the complex network of available supports and services.

The Community Adult Learning Program works with providers to achieve the following outcomes:

  1. Adult learners are proficient in foundational skills.
  2. Adult learners participate in further learning opportunities.
  3. Adult learners navigate the learning system.
  4. Adult learners benefit from learning opportunities within their communities.

Additional Literacy Resources

Albertans have many resources to help them improve literacy and essential skills.

Upgrading Programs

Adult Albertans have a variety of options for upgrading high school or equivalent courses.

Living Literacy

Living Literacy: A Literacy Framework for Alberta’s Next Generation Economy provides a framework for action that coordinates the efforts of the Government of Alberta and our many partners to improve literacy levels.

Literacy in school

Alberta Education has developed Literacy First: A Plan for Action to support the vision, values and goals of the provincial literacy framework. Literacy, numeracy, and competencies such as problem solving and critical thinking are also at the heart of Curriculum Redesign.

Work Foundations

The Alberta Human Services Work Foundations program provides basic skills training and academic upgrading so clients can pursue further job-related training and/or to find a job.

Workplace Essential Skills Training Program

The Alberta Human Services Workplace Essential Skills Training Program supports the development of partnerships to foster a confident, innovative and highly literate workforce.