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. The submission period has now closed and we are reviewing applications. Winners will be notified by July 31, 2019.

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 and we are reviewing applications. Winners will be notified by July 31, 2019. Thank you for your interest in The Canada Life Literacy Innovation Award.

2019 Submission Period:


April 8, 2019: submission period opens

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

July 31, 2019: winners notified

August 29, 2019: winners announced

2018 Top Award Winner: Receiving $20,000  

Further Education Society of Alberta, Calgary AB
Program: New Beginnings: A Community Response to Parenting After Violence

A holistic, literacy and trauma-informed program that applies a literacy approach to working with families who have left intergenerational cycles of violence and domestic abuse. The program has demonstrated results in improving learners’ confidence in their parenting skills, an increase in literacy and essential skills as well as an overall increased interest in learning and community engagement. New Beginnings serves both families as well as shelter staff, improving access to important resources and supports. The Parenting After Violence (PAV) facilitator training was developed to prepare community workers to deliver the New Beginnings program to their clientele, expanding the reach of the program beyond shelters and bringing the learning directly to the learners.

Watch the webinar to learn more about New Beginnings.


2018 Honourable Mention Winners: Receiving $5,000 each

Burnaby School District 41 LINC Program, Burnaby BC
Program: The SD41 LINC Blended Program

Burnside Gorge Community Association, Victoria BC
Program: The Family Self Sufficiency Program

Dartmouth Learning Network Society, Dartmouth NS
Program: Moving On Up

Frontier College, Toronto ON
Program: Beat the Street

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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