Community Adult Learning Program

What is literacy?

Literacy is not just about reading and writing. While reading and writing provide the necessary foundation for learning, literacy is fundamentally about an individual’s capacity to put his/her skills to work in shaping the course of his or her own life.

Literacy involves “reading the word and the world” in a variety of contexts.

Individuals need literacy skills to

  • obtain and use information effectively
  • act as informed players
  • manage interactions in a variety of contexts whether making decisions about health care, parenting, managing household finances, engaging in the political process or working

"Adult literacy, numeracy, proficiency in the English language, foundational life skills and the ability to engage with basic technology are core skills Albertans need to participate in society, pursue further learning and be successful at work. While adult Albertans score above the Canadian average in literacy and numeracy, one in five Albertans still face daily literacy and numeracy challenges."

–CAPR 2016

Through the Community Adult Learning Program, Alberta Advanced Education provides funding to over 100 organizations to support the delivery of part-time, nonformal adult literacy and foundational learning opportunities, and other supports, in local communities. Funded organizations include Granting Councils in Calgary, Edmonton, and Red Deer which provide funding to program delivery providers in their respective cities.


Literacy and Foundational Learning includes programming in Adult Literacy, Numeracy, English Language Learning, Basic Computer Skills, and Foundational Life Skills, whether delivered through a classroom setting, tutoring, online, and/or a group setting using the principles of family literacy.

Funded organizations provide safe and welcoming learning environments so that adult learners can return to learning and gain the foundational skills they need in order to improve their lives.

In 2016/17, Community Adult Learning Program providers served over 21,000 unique adults with foundational learning needs, and, as a result, changed their lives.


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