Literacy Resources

There are many organizations in Canada that are at the forefront of literacy research and advocacy.

We encourage you to visit the sites below to discover more about the state of literacy in Canada. Learn about the resources available for children and adults who need help reaching their literacy goals. Find out what you can do to promote a culture of literacy.


Fraser Institute

The Fraser Institute is an independent research and educational organization with offices in Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto. Their mission is to measure, study, and communicate the impact of competitive markets and government intervention on the welfare of individuals.

Frontier College

FrontierCollege is Canada’s original literacy program, established in 1899. Their programs have helped millions of Canadians, from children to adults, to improve their literacy skills.


ABC Canada

ABC CANADA Literacy Foundation is a national charity committed to promoting literacy to the general public and to the private sector. A partnership of business, labour, educators and government, ABC supports the development of an educated and adaptable workforce through the fostering of a lifelong learning culture.

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Canadian Literacy and Learning Network

Canadian Literacy and Learning Network is the national hub for research, information and knowledge exchange, increasing literacies and essential skills across Canada. CLLN, a non-profit charitable organization, represents literacy coalitions, organizations and individuals in every province and territory in Canada.


National Adult Literacy Database

NALD is a digital library and award-winning resource that provides complete, full text documents and books, as well as a resource catalogue; designs and hosts websites for literacy organizations; researches and organizes educational material found elsewhere on the web; connects partners with experts in the field; and, publicizes literacy-related activities and events.


Human Resources and Social Development Canada

The Adult Learning, Literacy, and Essential Skills Program is a grants and contributions program that reduces non-financial barriers and creates opportunities for Canadians to get the skills they need by providing funding to learning and literacy organizations.


Fédération canadienne pour l'alphabétisation en français

Founded in 1991, the Fédération canadienne pour l’alphabétisation en français (FCAF) is a countrywide organization representing francophone groups and associations dedicated to French literacy in Canada. Over the years, the FCAF has endeavoured to interest as many groups as possible on the topic of literacy and the importance of reading and writing in French.


Word on the Street

The Word On The Street Canada Inc. is a non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to celebrating reading and promoting literacy in Canada. It is the largest literary festival in North America.

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Learning for a Sustainable Future

Learning for a Sustainable Future is a national charity committed to promoting, through education, the knowledge, skills, perspectives and practices essential to a sustainable future. LSF's Resources for Rethinking includes a searchable database of books for young learners.


Spelling Bee of Canada

Spelling Bee of Canada, a non-profit organization that encourages children, parents, teachers and the community at large to participate in the education process, organizes annual community spelling bees open to all children and youth in three age categories: primary (ages 6-8), junior (ages 9-11) and intermediate (ages 12-14). To date, over 50,000 children have participated in the programme.

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