Canada Life Literacy Innovation Award

Canada Life Literacy Innovation Award

The Canada Life Literacy Innovation Award honours innovation 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 adopt. 

The awards are as follows:

  • one (1) top award of $20,000
  • up to two (2) honourable mention awards in the amount of $10,000 each.

The awards as granted can be invested into the program and/or applied to operating funds.

The award winners agree to participate in ABC Life Literacy Canada-facilitated Innovation Learning Labs online webinars, to talk about their programs. Please note that application content and accompanying letters of recommendation may be used to create community/learner profiles for ABC’s e-newsletter. Winners will be notified by July 31, 2024.


  • Applicants must be a not-for-profit or registered charitable organization based in Canada
  • Nominated programs must:
    • focus on helping adults improve their literacy and essential skills
    • show demonstrated results (qualitative and quantitative) in helping Canadians live a fully engaged life
    • offer an educational training experience for adults, teaching skills that enhance their engagement in life, community, workplace and family
    • demonstrate innovation and creativity in adult literacy
    • be in existence for at least 12 months
    • be able to serve as a model for other communities in Canada
    • serve adults (ages 18 and up) as the primary recipients of the educational experience
  • Past award winners (either Top Award or Honourable Mentions) are welcome to submit other programs for consideration, but winning programs from past years will not be accepted.

How To Apply:

Submit your application via the online application form. You must include two (2) letters of support or impact statements. One of the two letters must be from a participant/learner in your program, but can be written with the help of your staff. The other letter of support could be from an external partner, volunteer or staff member involved with the program.

For more information, including tips on how to create a strong application, watch our recorded webinar.

Deadline: Submissions are due by June 3, 2024 at 5:00pm EDT.

Frequently Asked Questions:

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If you have additional questions, please contact:

Ellie Tamura
Programs Specialist

Innovation Learning Labs

This year we’re hosting four Innovation Learning Labs, thanks to the support of Canada Life through the Canada Life Literacy Innovation Award. In each webinar we will discuss one topic that is important and relevant to the literacy field in 2024. Details coming soon.

2023 Top Award Winner: Receiving $20,000



Good Learning Anywhere

The Good Learning Anywhere (GLA) program offers digital literacy skills to inmates incarcerated in Federal Institutions in Ontario, with a pilot expansion in the Atlantic region. The program was developed in partnership with Correctional Services Canada (ON) and has 29 self-directed online courses on a wide range of topics and includes topics specific for Indigenous learners. GLA encourages self-directed learning, allowing learners to choose which courses they would like to take. With the support of their onsite instructors, the learners complete their courses independently with courses ranging from 10 to 25 hours. By providing learners with access to flexible literacy programs, GLA equips them with the necessary skills for the modern job market. In addition, the program helps the learners develop essential life skills, such as renewing government identification, navigating medical appointments, and filling out rental applications.

2023 Honourable Mention Winners: Receiving $10,000 each


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About Our Sponsor:

Canada Life logoCanada Life has been a major supporter 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.