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.
Join us for a lunch and learn-style webinar series focused on you and your family’s wellness. We’ll explore topics related to self-care, financial well-being, and health advocacy.
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.
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.
In case you missed any of the news posts written for the literacy community this year, we’ve recapped the top 10 most popular.
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.
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 2021 Canada Life Literacy Innovation Award honourable mention winners.
Each workshop will focus on one of the various topics available through the program, so you can get a sneak peek at what each workshop will entail.
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.
The summer break can often cause a decline in children’s knowledge from the prior school year – also known as the summer slide.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.