Adult Literacy and Foundational Learning Programs

What is literacy?

The ability to identify, understand, interpret, create, communicate, compute, and use printed and written materials in varying contexts.

More than just reading and writing, literacy is "reading the word and the world" in many contexts.

Literacy benefits:

  • Find and use information effectively
  • Act as informed players
  • Manage daily life whether making health care choices, parenting, managing household finances, or engaging in the world of work
  • Lays the foundation for life-long learning and impacts employment opportunities

1 in 5 adult Albertans face daily literacy and numeracy challenges.

Through the Community Adult Learning Program, the Alberta Government provides funding to over 100 organizations to support the delivery of part-time, nonformal adult learning and foundational learning opportunites and other supports in communities across the province. 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.

The Community Adult Learning Program supports a vision that aims at:

Changing lives through adult foundational learning in connected communities.

The program works towards achieving the following outcomes:

  1. Adult learners persist in learning foundational skills that they use in their everyday lives
  2. Adult learners have access to relevant and engaging learning opportunities
  3. Adult learners benefit from CALPs that are well connected in their community.







Additional Literacy Resources

Albertans have many resources to help them improve literacy and essential skills.

Upgrading Programs

Adult Albertans have a variety of options for upgrading high school or equivalent courses.

Workplace Essential Skills Training Program

The Alberta Human Services Workplace Essential Skills Training Program supports the development of partnerships to foster a confident, innovative and highly literate workforce.