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April 26-May 2 is International Adult Learners Week in BC

April 18-24 is National Volunteer Week

Project Report: Getting Online: Distance Education Promising Practices for Canadian Literacy Practitioners

Apply now for the PGI Learner Achievement Tribute Award. The deadline to apply is May 31.

The Westcoast Reader, a newspaper for adults learning to read, presents The Best of the Reader, a website with many ebooks and teacher resources.

Watch "Literacy Yarn" to find out why knitting is a good metaphor for literacy.

Data Angel Report: Addressing Canada's Literacy Challenge, A Cost-Benefit Analysis (PDF)

New Guidebook: Learning Together: A Guide to Community-Based Adult ESL _ Literacy in British Columbia (PDF)

New TD Bank Report: Helping Newcomers Unlock Their Potential (PDF)

Listen to Barbara Adler's poem, "Florence"

Visit for resources to help youth overcome literacy challenges

Literacy BC provides training and professional development for the literacy community in British Columbia. We have a number of resources to help the literacy community learn and grow.

The Provincial Literacy Resource Centre Library

Literacy BC's library has one of the largest collections of literacy resources in Western Canada. Anyone in BC can borrow books by mail, for free, from our library. We offer services for adult literacy teachers, tutors and learners in BC.

You can:

Learn more about the Literacy BC Library here.

The Whole Life Approach to Learning Disabilities in Adult Literacy Settings Project

The Whole Life Approach to Learning Disabilities in Adult Literacy Settings Project is based at Literacy BC. It is a two-year professional development project that examines ways to address learning disabilities in adult learning settings.

A “whole-life approach” to learning disabilities recognizes that learning is social, cultural, emotional and also deeply personal. Successful strategies for people with learning difficulties attend to the “whole person” and diverse learning styles. In fact, successful learning strategies for people with learning difficulties can work for everyone.

The Whole Life Project website contains many resources on learning disabilities, and offers interactive forums where you can share your knowledge and experience.


ELMO: Exceptional Literacy Materials Online

ELMO Reviews is an interactive website featuring reviews of literacy resources by and for literacy practitioners and learners. ELMO Reviews is an excellent way to find new teaching resources, or share your favourite tools with your colleagues.


Youth Literacy Canada

Youth Literacy Canada ( presents the results of a successful intervention with a group of high-risk students. Although the study focused on youth aged 16 to 18, the problem of low-literacy levels and at-risk behaviours among young adults extends well beyond their adolescent years. The strategies developed in this project are relevant to adult education providers and social service agencies working with young adults who have limited literacy skills and continue to be at-risk. This website provides extensive resources and tools for working with young adults.


Research and Publications

Literacy BC conducts original research into literacy issues, and produces reports and guidebooks to help literacy practitioners in their work. Our guidebooks include:

Find the complete list of Literacy BC's research and publications here.

Information and Assistance

Literacy BC is here to help literacy practitioners in BC. If you have any questions, please contact us at 1-888-732-3234, or email