New Democrat MLA Bowinn Ma says people looking to improve their skills in reading, writing, math, and digital literacy will benefit from increased access to free adult literacy programs across B.C.
“We want newcomers to Canada to feel welcomed and supported when they choose to make North Vancouver their home, and adult literacy programs are a step in that process. These programs give many people the confidence they need to independently take part in society,” says Bowinn Ma, MLA for North Vancouver – Lonsdale. “These programs also provide meaningful connections between the volunteers and the students, which strengthens our communities.”
On the North Shore, the following community literacy providers are receiving funding:
North Shore Neighbourhood House – Lower Lonsdale Literacy Outreach Program
St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church – Queen Mary Family Literacy Program
The B.C. government invests $3.4 million annually to support the Community Adult Literacy Program (CALP). This funding will support 102 adult literacy programs in 132 communities, supporting over 16,000 people across B.C. This annual investment builds on last year’s 97 programs in 128 communities.
These community-based, adult, family, and Indigenous literacy programs help people gain skills in basic literacy, numeracy, life skills, and employment preparation. The programs are delivered by trained volunteers and include one-on-one-tutoring and small-group classes.