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.
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.
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.
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.