Improving adult literacy in Abbotsford

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B.C. Government Caucus
News Release
September 4, 2015

Improving adult literacy in Abbotsford

ABBOTSFORD – The provincial government is granting $29,600 to Abbotsford Community Services to provide residents of Abbotsford with the literacy skills they need to participate in B.C.’s growing economy.

“Our government wants to make sure all British Columbians have the skills they need to find rewarding careers,” Abbotsford-Mission MLA Simon Gibson said. “This year alone, community adult literacy programs will help almost 9,500 learners throughout B.C. gain the skills and confidence they need to pursue their dreams.”

The grant comes from the $2.4 million government has invested in community adult literacy programs in 75 B.C. communities in 2015-16.

Funding is distributed to non-profit community groups to offer free literacy training that is easily accessible in local places such as schools, Aboriginal friendship centres and community centres. The program is tailored to suit the needs of any adult with low-literacy ability, and is delivered by trained volunteers offering one-to-one tutoring or small-group classes.

Community organizations collaborate with a public post-secondary institution in their region. These partnerships encourage the transition of adult learners from literacy programs to post-secondary studies and/or employment training. Abbotsford Community Services is collaborating with the University of the Fraser Valley.

Since 2001, the provincial government has invested more than $25 million in community adult literacy programs, helping approximately 100,000 adults improve their reading, writing and math skills.

For more information about community adult literacy programs, visit:


Ashley Stewart
B.C. Government Caucus Communications



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