Using clear language and design allows you to share information in a simple, straightforward way. It’s helpful for people working to improve their literacy skills.
On January 27, 2023, families, libraries and literacy groups across the country will once again celebrate Family Literacy Day.
Did you know that there are many benefits to learning about your heritage and family history? Here are a few of the advantages.
Family history can often be fascinating, and it’s a great topic that both parents and children can explore together.
In case you missed any of ABC Life Literacy Canada’s news posts written for the literacy community this year, we’ve recapped the top 10 most popular.
The new year is around the corner, and with a new year comes a new opportunity to start fresh and live the life that allows you to be your best self.
Family literacy – a type of intergenerational learning that occurs within the family – helps build language skills and sets the foundation of literacy.
Last month, ABC Life Literacy Canada partnered with Agincourt Community Services Association (ACSA) to deliver a Money Matters workshop in celebration of Financial Literacy Month.
Family Literacy Day will once again take place on January 27, and planning is well underway. This year’s theme is Celebrate your heritage.
Debt and credit are ordinary parts of how we manage our money. Sometimes debt and credit help us, and sometimes they can cause trouble.
The holiday season is an exciting time of year, but that excitement can be dampened by worry if you’re facing a financial shortfall.
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.
To celebrate Financial Literacy Month, adult learners from the Money Matters financial literacy program share their top 10 money management tips.
We take a look at the programs of the 2022 Canada Life Literacy Innovation Award honourable mention winners.
ABC Life Literacy Canada has recently released three workbooks from the Money Matters financial literacy program in a format that's optimized to work with screen readers.
November marks Financial Literacy Month (FLM), and this year’s theme focuses on helping Canadians manage their debt.
Research shows that more than half of all Canadians lack the numeracy skills needed to properly understand charts, numbers and documents that impact your level of debt or savings.
With inflation at its highest level in more than 30 years, it’s more important than ever for us to become financially literate.
Earlier this month, Further Education Society of Alberta was awarded top honours for this year’s Canada Life Literacy Innovation Award for their program, Cooks with Stones.
October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Learn how to stay safe online and protect yourself from possible cyber attacks with these resources.
North River 50+ Friendship Group is a social group for seniors aged 50+ who are looking to connect and socialize with likeminded seniors.
Six in 10 Canadian adults cannot adequately manage their health, and senior Canadians and Canadian adults with less than a high school diploma are even more at risk.
Green Bay Community Employment Corp in Green Bay, NL provides employment support for people with intellectual disabilities.
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House recently ran a Money Matters workshop for Mandarin-speaking seniors to help them better understand the Canadian banking system.
Today marks Skills for Success Day, an annual initiative to raise awareness about the importance of the key skills needed for learning, work, and life.
Literacy provides an opportunity to unlock a world of possibilities. Having adequate literacy skills means being able to understand, evaluate, use, and engage with written texts.
Canada’s record low unemployment rate and high number of job vacancies are changing how companies hire. What was important to Canadian employers in the past is becoming less crucial.
This award is presented to Canadian organizations that are making significant contributions to the field of family financial literacy.
ABC Life Literacy Canada is pleased to announce the top and honourable mention winners of the 2022 Canada Life Literacy Innovation Award.
Adults with learning difficulties have additional challenges to overcome. They may develop skills at a slower pace or might have difficulty understanding more complex information.
Rocky Support Services Society recently signed up for the UP Skills for Work program through ABC Life Literacy Canada to add soft skill training to their program mix.
The summer break can often cause a decline in children’s knowledge from the prior school year – also known as the summer slide.
To celebrate Skills for Success Day, ABC Life Literacy Canada along with Skills Canada is hosting a virtual workshop series on a different skill.
Kids aren’t the only ones heading back to class in a few weeks; many adults are as well! Here are some tips for preparing your classroom for new adult learners this fall.
With so many platforms to choose from and the need to be creating content regularly, many organizations struggle to know where to start.
Canada has 1.2 million construction workers, but women only currently represent approximately four per cent of the construction trades.
A highly literate workforce increases GDP and productivity and is vital for maintaining a healthy, competitive economy.
The past few years has transformed the way we work – and the way we network. To learn how to network outside of events at your non-profit, follow our tips.
Today’s youth are often told that they just need to work harder or cut back on having brunch every weekend in order to afford a house. And frankly, they’re tired of hearing it.
The best way to combat the summer slide is to ensure children spend time every day learning, in order to practise their literacy skills.
With June being Senior’s Month, an annual initiative marked in several provinces io to recognize and celebrate older adults, here are seven ways to avoid financial scams.
The HSBC Family Literacy First program has recently expanded to offer a new workbook, a series of learning videos, and a new award for the literacy community.
Western approaches have historically dominated many education institutions. Here are three tips to create a successful literacy program that’s culturally responsive to Indigenous learners.
This past Spring, MusicNL teamed up with ABC Life Literacy Canada to offer a three-part series through the Activate Learning program. They hosted workshops on three different soft skills.
Creating a budget is an important step in managing your money. A budget is essentially a spending plan for how you will spend your money so you can best meet your needs and goals.
Are you a few key skills away from reaching your dream job? Can you picture yourself working in that restaurant or office down the street, but you’re not sure how to get your resume in shape?
Was there ever anything you wanted to learn, but didn’t? Do you feel like it is too late to begin learning it? What barriers are stopping you?
While this learning loss is sometimes thought of in terms of kids coming back to school with rusty reading and math skills after summer break, it can actually happen to anyone.
By living in a democratic country, we can participate in the political decisions that affect us – but only if we have the knowledge and confidence to do so.
ABC Life Literacy Canada has partnered with Elections Ontario to create a number of resources to help literacy practitioners engage adult learners in civic literacy.
Financial stress ranks as the highest stress of the big four stresses. As we head into Mental Health Week, now the is perfect time to talk about how financial stress can affect our mental health.
Did you know that struggling with your finances can negatively impact your work performance, relationships and mental health?
When people follow a healthy diet, they can focus and self-regulate better, leading to greater success in achieving their educational goals.
Inclusion Canada supports adults with intellectual disabilities and/or autism and is one of many organizations using UP Skills for Work to help clients gain the soft skills needed for employment.
For more than seven years, Literacy Alliance of the Shuswap Society has been running a Cyber Seniors program to help local seniors learn to use technology in a safe and approachable way.
ABC Life Literacy Canada is pleased to announce that its ABC Internet Matters program, supported by the Canadian Bankers Association, is expanding to offer new resources.
Marketing can be expensive, and for non-profits, it can feel nearly impossible to be able to afford the going rate for ad space.
This year we're hosting four Innovation Learning Labs, thanks to the support of Canada Life. In each webinar we will discuss one topic that is important and relevant to the literacy field in 2022.
The following three strategies can help you increase the number of learners enrolled in your literacy programs – especially for those living in rural settings.
The English language can be confusing enough for native speakers to learn. So when you deliver your adult literacy programs to non-native speakers, it’s only natural that additional effort...
Essential Employability Skills – Health Sector is a pilot project for innovative literacy and essential employability skills training, designed to address labour market and workforce challenges...
Each time you onboard a new employee, there’s significant cost and time involved. So when you hire someone great, you want to do everything possible to keep them happy in their role.
This BC digital literacy program aims to teach low-income seniors how to navigate their cell phones and/or tablets with the ultimate goal of enriching the quality of life of the seniors it serves.
Filing your taxes can bring you financial benefits. By filing your taxes on time, you can automatically receive government benefits you qualify for, thus increasing your income...
To ensure children don't suffer from learning loss at this time, try these fun learning activities together as a family.
ABC Life Literacy Canada is pleased to announce that its online learning portal, the ABC Skills Hub, has expanded its program offering to include courses aligning with the Skills for Success.
Join us throughout February and March to learn more about assistive technology tools that can help you support learners with diverse abilities.
The Board of Directors of ABC Life Literacy Canada (ABC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Alison Howard as ABC’s next Executive Director (ED).
Families, libraries and literacy groups across the country are getting ready to once again celebrate the annual Family Literacy Day, which takes place on January 27th.
Many of these new resources focus on assistive technologies, which is a type of technology used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of persons with diverse abilities.
There’s a lot we don’t know about what life will be like as we all learn to live with COVID-19. But there’s one thing we can say for sure: active, outdoor play is exactly what our kids need right now.
While some successes will come naturally for them, there are other core parts of adulthood that can benefit from some education at a young age.
Here are 10 outdoor learning activities you can do as a family to celebrate Family Literacy Day and practice learning together year-round.
Let’s dig into the relationship between nature and learning to find out more about the impact of nature on cognitive development.
In case you missed any of the 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.
Whether it’s finding the right gifts on time or wondering if you can afford them, this season is full of triggers for anxiety.
Planning for Family Literacy Day is well underway, and families, schools, libraries, literacy groups and other community organizations are invited to take part in the initiative on January 27, 2022.
We all know the holiday season can be downright expensive. Here are some key steps for making a holiday budget and tips for staying the course.
For over 30 years, the Construction Association of PEI's (CAPEI) Youth in Trade program has been helping youth get into the trades.
The Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre recently ran the Money Matters for Indigenous Peoples financial literacy program.
We take a look at the programs of the 2021 Canada Life Literacy Innovation Award honourable mention winners.
With November being Financial Literacy Month, now is the perfect time for adults to take control of their money and improve their financial know-how with these free financial literacy resources.
November marks Financial Literacy Month (FLM), an initiative launched by numerous community groups, non-profits and government bodies to help improve Canadians’ financial literacy levels.
Pacific Immigrant Resources Society was awarded top honours for this year’s Canada Life Literacy Innovation Award for their program.
You invest so much into your literacy organization – both emotionally and physically – that it’s only a matter of time before you start feeling the effects.
YWCA St. John’s recently worked with ABC Life Literacy Canada on train-the-trainer activities through the Activate Learning program.
October is Health Literacy Month, which aims to bring attention to the importance of making health information easy to understand, and making the health care system easier to navigate.
Today marks Skills for Success Day (formerly Essential Skills Day), an annual initiative to raise awareness about the importance of the key skills needed for learning, work and life.
Employees with stronger literacy skills are more successful at work and contribute to an improved bottom line. Here’s why literacy skills are so crucial in the workplace.
YES Employment & Entrepreneurship Montreal turned to our Money Matters program for assistance in offering a more robust financial literacy workshop to meet participants’ complex needs.
The Association for New Canadians is a non-profit, community-based organization delivering settlement and integration services to immigrants and refugees in Newfoundland and Labrador.
For over five years, Douglas College’s I-CARE Adult Literacy program and New Westminster literacy groups had been discussing the need for a digital literacy program and what it might look like.
We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2021 Canada Life Literacy Innovation Award, which recognizes organizations that develop and implement innovative adult literacy skills programs.
An effective volunteer training program can help your organization not only improve volunteer retention but also ensure that new volunteers have the necessary skills to perform their duties properly.
A recent OECD report indicated that workplace shutdowns as a result of COVID-19 had a negative effect on the ability of adults to participate in learning and training opportunities.
From how to increase productivity to better project management methods, here are four of the best organizational tips for busy literacy organizations.
Epilepsy Toronto ran four Money Matters workshops virtually during Epilepsy Awareness Month in March.
Looking for funding sources is a tireless yet crucial challenge. Luckily, there are plenty of fundraising ideas that can help keep your adult literacy programs afloat.
The majority of adult learners upgrade their skills in order to gain better more meaningful employment. Here’s how to educate your adult learners on the impact that literacy has on employment.
North Bay Jail was pressed to find programming that they could run internally on their own throughout the pandemic. With a quick Google search, they came across UP Skills for Work.
To spread awareness, attract funders and learners, and engage volunteers, you need effective marketing.
June 15th marks World Elder Abuse Awareness Day to acknowledge the significance of elder abuse as a public health and human rights issue.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
October is Health Literacy Month. According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, 60 per cent of Canadian adults and 88 per cent of seniors are not health literate.
ABC Life Literacy is pleased to announce that Money Matters for Newcomers and New Canadians, a financial literacy program, is now available in Simplified Chinese.
As the sun rises on the longest day of the year, ABC Life Literacy joins Canadians in celebrating the heritage, diverse cultures and the many contributions of our country’s Indigenous Peoples.
ABC Life Literacy is proud to announce the new and improved HSBC Family Literacy First website – now with access to over 50 downloadable family learning activities.
ABC Life Literacy is ringing in the New Year with Money Matters for Newcomers and New Canadians, a financial literacy program for Canada’s newcomer community.