Connectivity has never been more important than in this last year, when the pandemic separated people from their friends and families for an extended period of time.
For over 30 years, Prince Albert Literacy Network has run free literacy programming for its small community of 40,000 in Saskatchewan, of which nearly 50 per cent are Indigenous.
Whether you’re trying to market your program, advocate for more government funding, or develop partnerships with sponsors, communicating the importance of adult literacy is key.
Students lose one month’s worth of school-year learning due to summer vacation. The best way to combat the summer slide is to ensure children spend time each day practising their literacy skills.
With many families doing homeschooling and spending more time at home, the time to address the family’s financial literacy together has never come at a better time.
Despite already having a fantastic close-knit staff, the Hungry Heart Cafe decided to implement workplace training workshops through the UP Skills for Work program, offered through Activate Learning.
Although a constant worry for many of us, financial stress may be worse than ever during the pandemic. Learn how to manage financial stress.
Did you know that struggling with your finances can negatively impact your work performance, relationships and mental health?
A YMCA in Kitchener recently launched a pilot program designed to build digital literacy amongst older adults as a way to help them better understand fake news amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
Throughout the month of May, we’ll be hosting three webinars on social media for those that are interested in taking their know-how to the next level.
Children aren’t the only ones who sometimes lack the confidence to engage in class. Many adult students are also hesitant to participate in front of peers.
During this Spring break, take the time as a family to continue learning outside of the classroom to ensure kids don’t miss out on even more schooling.
Assessments can show when a learner is ready to progress to the next level of learning and identify areas that may need extra attention or focus. Here are four assessment tools to consider.
As a non-profit organization, it’s your goal to raise awareness about the important work you do and bring about change to the community that you serve. One of the ways to do this is through advocacy.
The Ability Employment Corporation provides career counselling and job placement services to persons with intellectual disabilities as well as those facing barriers to employment.
Enjoying everything the world has to offer involves going using technology. But if you don’t feel confident in doing so, it can be hard to participate.
March is Fraud Prevention Month, an annual awareness initiative started by the Competition Bureau to help Canadians recognize, reject and report fraud.
Tax season is around the corner, which means it’s a great time to brush up on your financial literacy skills and learn more about the Canadian taxation system.
Developing a successful employee training and development program can be time-consuming, costly and challenging without the right tools. However, the benefits are worth the investment.
As a non-profit organization with a limited staffing budget, volunteers are one of your most valuable resources – and for good reason.
We will once again be hosting Tech Talk Tuesdays to help literacy practitioners understand how to use various technology in their work with adult learners.
Soft skills are the non-technical skills that help employees interact effectively with others. These can include skills such as time management, confidence and adaptability.
Despite physical distancing rules still in place across the country, many groups are getting creative in order to take part in the annual Family Literacy Day virtually on January 27th.
As children, we’re encouraged to think and play creatively – and for a good reason. Being imaginative is vital to a child’s cognitive development...
After a year of limited mobility, ABC Life Literacy Canada is encouraging families to use their imagination to explore and travel the world from the comfort of their home.
Whether you’re a seasoned pro or new to the non-profit world, brushing up on your grant writing skills is never a bad idea. Here are four tips for writing effective funding applications.
Award-winning illustrator and author Barbara Reid, who is the Honorary Chair of Family Literacy Day, explains that travelling can be done anywhere. Here are Barbara’s top 5 activities...
At Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, about 17 per cent of its students are from abroad. For Deneice Falconer, it’s her job to support international students...
ABC Life Literacy Canada is pleased to announce its Fall/Winter Webinar Series outlining its various programs available to literacy practitioners and community organizations across the country.
The new year is around the corner, and most people would agree that they’re happy to put 2020 behind them. Here are 5 resolutions for literacy practitioners to commit to in 2021.
In case you missed any of the many great news posts written for the literacy community this year, we’ve recapped the top 10 most popular.
Help prevent learning loss and ensure kids return sharper than ever by encouraging family literacy activities over the school break.
Planning for the 22nd annual Family Literacy Day is well underway, and families, schools, libraries, literacy groups and other community organizations are invited to take part in the initiative.
A look at the great work being done by the four honourable mention winners of the 2020 Canada Life Literacy Innovation Award.
Here’s what practitioners should know about self-directed learning so that they can start incorporating it into their literacy programs.
BALANCE for Blind Adults provides customized training and support for persons who are blind or living with sight loss and recently ran two of our literacy programs.
To help families improve their financial literacy skills throughout the year, ABC Life Literacy Canada offers five financial literacy activities for the family to do together.
In an industry that’s strapped for resources – both financial and human capital – it can be challenging to make program evaluation a priority.
To help you with your adult learner teaching strategies, we’ve outlined the three different ways that adults learn and teaching tips for each.
Earlier this year, REP Here in Canada was awarded top honours for this year’s Canada Life Literacy Innovation Award for their program, Here Magazine.
ABC Internet Matters provides introductory digital literacy education for Canadian seniors who are not using the internet and adult learners who have a gap on the digital curve.
In honour of the 10th anniversary of Financial Literacy Month, here are 10 financial literacy tips shared by adult learners that have participated in the Money Matters program.
Announcing the launch of an online learning portal that offers asynchronous, at-home delivery of its adult literacy programs: the ABC Skills Hub.
To keep learners engaged, your literacy program needs to be set up in a way that helps learners acquire, retain and transfer new knowledge.
Adults learn differently than children, which can make teaching quite difficult. To help keep your adult learners motivated, here are four helpful tips.
The North York Women’s Centre offers services such as employment readiness & violence prevention, but recently, they were keen to explore digital literacy.
Today marks the 10th year of Essential Skills Day, an annual initiative to raise awareness about the importance of essential skills training in strengthening Canada's workforce.
In celebration of Financial Literacy Month 2020, we've created a free webinar series about steps you can take to become a better money manager. Register now!
The Student Leadership & Youth Empowerment Network is a Toronto-based non-profit that connects youth to different resources in their community.
September 8, 2020 is our 30th birthday! Since our inception in 1990, we've worked tirelessly to support the literacy and learning community in Canada.
In order to keep adult learners engaged throughout their learning, they need to be offered a variety of innovative programming and course material, including worksheets.
ABC Life Literacy Canada is pleased to announce the top and honourable mention winners of the 2020 Canada Life Literacy Innovation Award.
September is a time when not only children head back to school, but adults also look to begin healthier routines, start a home renovation or sign up for a new course.
Four new "lesson plans" written in clear language and formatted as step-by-step guides for at-home learning show adults how to use Skype, Zoom, Google Duo and FaceTime.
ABC Life Literacy Canada has released the first two workbooks from its Activate Learning program, which aims to improve the number of training opportunities in Newfoundland & Labrador.
Stella’s Circle in St John’s, NL is used to providing a wide variety of programming for its clients, including housing, clinical and employment services to people who have barriers to participation.
Developing reading and writing skills can be difficult for anyone, particularly adults. Keeping learners motivated can be one of the most difficult aspects of running an adult literacy program.
As we all adapt to the new normal amid COVID-19, literacy groups and other organizations across the country have begun offering remote programming.
The past few months have thrown our lives upside down. Due to COVID-19, businesses and organizations have been forced to move online in order to keep afloat.
As educators, there is an enormous opportunity to address racism in our classrooms and ensure that all of our learners feel that they are in a safe and inclusive learning environment.
We've just released a new workbook from our HSBC Family Literacy First program that focus on family financial literacy. The workbook is available in English, French and Simplified Chinese.
Family responsibilities, jobs and household duties can limit the amount of time adults have to devote to education and hinder their ability to achieve their learning goals.
Most literacy organizations and not-for-profits can agree that when it comes to resources, they are extremely limited – whether it be time, staff and volunteers, or money.
The survey found that teens who talked about finances with their parents, even just once a week, scored 33 points higher in financial literacy than those who did not.
With so much information being shared on the internet and on social media, separating fact from fiction can be difficult.
ABC Life Literacy Canada is hosting a series of webinars throughout May and June to support literacy practitioners across the country to implement remote program delivery.
As we head into Mental Health Week, held May 4–10, 2020 by the Canadian Mental Health Association, now the is perfect time to talk about how financial stress can affect our mental health.
About 84 per cent of jobs in Canada currently require computer and technical skills, and that number is only expected to increase in the coming years.
With many people unemployed or working reduced hours due to COVID-19, being financially literate is more important than ever. Now is the perfect opportunity to increase your financial literacy skills.
Through remote learning, literacy practitioners can ensure their learners can continue developing their literacy skills. Here’s what you should keep in mind when building a distance learning program.
Three new workbooks have been added to this financial literacy program designed for adults with various intellectual, verbal, physical and nonphysical capabilities.
When Ryan Waldron of the Grimsby Public Library received an email about a free digital literacy program, he thought it sounded like the perfect way to improve their existing digital literacy program.
Navigating the world of fundraising can be a challenge, so we’ve pulled together a list of adult literacy grants and funding opportunities for literacy organizations in Canada.
Improving your financial literacy skills is the best way to protect yourself from online financial fraud. Here are some things you can do to protect yourself from being scammed.
Activate Learning is a new program focused exclusively on supporting and empowering the population of Newfoundland and Labrador.
While there are numerous literacy organizations intent on improving adult literacy rates, getting program awareness out can often be challenging.
Tax season is just around the corner, which means it’s a great time to brush up on your financial literacy skills.
When Sharon Crowley read about a new digital literacy program from ABC Life Literacy Canada, it caught her eye.
Family Literacy Day is taking place on January 27th and hundreds of groups across the country are preparing to celebrate the annual initiative.
Putting aside just 20 minutes a day to do a fun learning activity – whether it’s reading a book, playing a game, following a recipe or singing a song – can have impact on parent and child.
A new program aims to partner young people with strong online and tech skills with adult learners who want to improve their digital knowledge.
Reducing your electronic screen time and spending more time together learning as a family, can have many positive effects including developing better communications and social skills for children.
In celebration of the 21st annual celebration, ABC Life Literacy Canada is offering 20 tips for families to do during 2020 to make sure everyone keeps their literacy skills sharp.
Like many students, Jenna Martinuzzi wasn't taught how to spend wisely or budget her money in school, so she took part in a financial literacy program designed for students with various abilities.
A community literacy organization has added a new twist to its youth employment program. The Taber Youth Employment Program has incorporated financial literacy training into its instruction.
Twenty-five children and their parents gathered at Dawson Boys & Girls Club to celebrate Financial Literacy Month at an event co-hosted with ABC Life Literacy and facilitated by HSBC volunteers.
Street Haven Toronto at the CrossRoads offers pathways for at-risk women. They are one of many organizations hosting workshops to help adults improve their digital literacy skills.
A new community program is hoping to make the most of this by pairing tech-savvy youth with adults hoping to improve their digital skills.
Youth Teaching Adults, a successful digital literacy program presented by ABC Life Literacy Canada and Youth Empowering Parents, has just been released in French.
Financial Literacy Month encourages Canadians to take control of their financial well-being by making a budget, having a savings plan, and understanding their financial rights and responsibilities.
When it comes to financial literacy, the statistics are startling. According to The Financial Planning Standards Council, four in 10 Canadians report that money is a daily concern.
While youth are improving their financial literacy skills at school, an important group of people who could benefit from financial literacy education have been forgotten: adults in the workplace.
In honour of the 10th annual Essential Skills Day, ABC Life Literacy Canada (ABC) has added three additional workshops to its UP Skills for Work employability skills program.
ABC Life Literacy is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 Canada Life Literacy Innovation Award, which recognizes organizations innovative adult literacy and essential skills programs.
Money Matters for People with Diverse Abilities was designed for those with various intellectual, verbal, physical and nonphysical capabilities.
My name is Saliha. I am from Syria and I have been in Canada for three years, I used to live in Turkey before coming to Canada. The reason for coming to Canada was because of the war happening in Syri
Canada’s largest printer of hardcover books is one of the latest companies jumping at the opportunity to upgrade their employees’ skills.
ABC Life Literacy is pleased to announce that its HSBC Family Literacy First program has been renewed with a new focus on family financial literacy.
While some Canadians thrive on new and technology, others find it confusing and daunting. How do we connect tech-savvy individuals with those who could benefit the most from their knowledge?
Ambreen Sarai, Economic Reintegration Specialist for the City of Toronto is a big supporter of employability skills programming. Sarai is running UP Skills for Work for her clients.