Literacy Innovation Award

The Great-West Life, London Life and 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. 

How To Apply:
Thank you for your interest in The Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life Literacy Innovation Award. The 2018 submission period will open on April 2, 2018.



Application Package 

​Frequently Asked Questions



Dossier de candidature

​Foire aux questions


How to use the application form:


• Save the file on your computer as you work as “LIA2018application_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 guidelines:

Please submit your application by email to Allison Nichol Longtin at Each submission must include the following attachments:


• Your completed application

• Two (2) letters of recommendation or impact statements from either a board member, a colleague in the literacy field involved with the program, or an adult learner enrolled in the program.

2018 Submission Period:


April 2, 2018: submission period opens

June 4, 2018: submission due by 5:00PM EDT

July 31, 2018: winners notified

August 28, 2018: winners announced

2017 Top Award Winner: Receiving $20,000  

Pacific Training Centre for the Blind, Victoria BC
Program: Blind People in Charge

Blind People in Charge serves blind, deaf-blind and low-vision adults in Greater Victoria and has expanded to serve students from across the country, housing out-of-town students during their training with Pacific Training Centre for the Blind (PTCB). It is the only program of its kind in Western Canada that uses an empowering, problem-solving model of instruction, where blind people are the teachers, planners, directors and administrators. Instructors teach non-visual independence and literacy skills, such as Braille, adaptive technology, cane travel, and cooking. The essential and life skills developed through the program allow learners to improve their living conditions and quality of life, as well as find gainful employment.


2017 Honourable Mention Winners: Receiving $5,000 each

Calgary Immigrant Women's Association, Calgary AB
Program: Food Service Industry Program

Literacy Alliance of West Nipissing, Sturgeon Falls ON
Program: GED Boot-Camp

MetroWorks Employment Association, Halifax NS
Program: Stone Hearth Bakery

WISH Drop-in Centre Society, Vancouver BC
Program: WISH Learning Centre

About Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life

Great-West Life, London Life and 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, the companies 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 Caring Company, Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life donate a minimum of one per cent of average pre-tax profits to non-profit, charitable and community organizations each year. Through their national corporate citizenship program, Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life work with these organizations to build stronger communities together and achieve lasting change.

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