Literacy Innovation Award

The Canada Life Literacy Innovation Award honours innovation in the creation and delivery (or in the development, implementation and delivery) of adult literacy or adult-integrated family literacy programs delivered by a community organization in Canada. The adult-focused literacy program makes a positive contribution to the lives of the participants as well as the community and could serve as a model for other organizations to adapt.  

There is one (1) top award of $20,000 and up to four (4) honourable mention awards in the amount of $5,000 each. The awards as granted can be invested into the program and/or applied to operating funds. 

New name, same awards: A message from our Founding Sponsor

How To Apply:
Thank you for your interest in The Canada Life Literacy Innovation Award. Please see the list of 2019 winners listed below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Foire aux questions

How to use the application form:


• Save the file on your computer as you work as “LIA2019application_YourOrganizationName”.

• Complete the highlighted sections. Note: you must work within the space allotted. The form will not accept additional text.

• Except for the Canadian Charitable Registration Number field (applicable only to charitable organizations), you must complete all fields.

Submission details:

The submission period has now closed. Please see the list of 2019 Canada Life Literacy Innovation Award winners below.

2019 Submission Period:


April 8, 2019: submission period opens

June 10, 2019: submission due by 5:00PM EDT

July 31, 2019: winners notified

August 26, 2019: winners announced

2019 Top Award Winner: Receiving $20,000  

Family Services of Greater Vancouver (FSGV), Vancouver BC 
Program: Caring Neighbours
A community kitchen program that uniquely combines health, food and financial literacies and creates important social connections among vulnerable and socially isolated families, children and seniors. Participants come for the food and leave with a breadth of practical skills, including basic cooking skills, meal planning, household budgeting, social skills and an understanding of how to access the community services and resources available to them. This innovative program takes a basic human need, food, and creates a fun and accessible entry point into literacy and skills development to engage vulnerable and isolated families and individuals. Caring Neighbours has reached more than 1,500 individuals and has demonstrated marked success in building participants’ skills and knowledge, increasing healthy social connections, confidence and trust.

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2019 Honourable Mention Winners: Receiving $5,000 each

Community Living Toronto, Toronto ON
Program: Individualized On-campus Post-Secondary Experience Network (IOPEN)

Literal Change, Toronto ON
Program: Literal Change Facility Program 

Momentum Community Economic Development Organization, Calgary AB
Program: Momentum’s Money Matters

Sioux-Hudson Literacy Council, Sioux Lookout ON
Program: Discover Online Integrate Information Technology (DOI2T)

About Our Sponsor

Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life, now the new Canada Life, have been major supporters of ABC Life Literacy Canada since 1999. Through their involvement with ABC Life Literacy Canada and other national literacy programs across the country, they are helping promote literacy and lifelong learning – key needs in helping many Canadians realize their potential at work, at home and in the community.

As an Imagine Canada Caring Company, they’ve supported the principles of corporate citizenship and benchmarks for community investment established by Imagine Canada for more than three decades. In this time, they’ve contributed over $200 million in support of Canadian non-profit, charitable and community organizations.



New name, same awards: A message from our Founding Sponsor
Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life have long histories and deep roots in our communities. It’s our honoured past that inspires our future. As the new Canada Life, individuals, families, businesses and organizations can continue to count on us to keep the promises we make. We care about Canadians and the communities they call home. We believe it’s our responsibility to do what’s right and make a positive impact in everything that we do.

Canada is a place to put down roots and watch them grow. Whether you were born here or worked hard to get here, you’re in a country that’s diverse and accepting, and where potential is real. In Canada, we look after each other, and we stand up for what we believe in.

When it comes to your financial, physical and mental well-being, we know that actions speak louder than words. We believe that when communities come together, potential becomes reality. And we believe we should all be empowered to make the most of every day, not just someday.

We’ve been supporting The Literacy Innovation Awards since inception and are proud to continue to play a part in helping Canadians improve their literacy skills.

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