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About The Literacy Group

Adult Literacy

We help adults improve their literacy skills in the following ways:

  • Free tutoring to adults 18+ years
  • Personal assessment to determine students’ individual needs
  • Student-tutor matches based on individual needs
  • Structured teaching manuals and student workbooks
  • Individual student-centred training plan
  • One-to-one tutoring
  • Small group tutoring
  • Computer based learning
  • Workplace skills training
  • Ongoing support and follow-up
  • Childcare and transportation expenses may be available*

Two Definitions Of Literacy

[Literacy is] the ability to understand and employ printed information in daily activities at home, at work and in the community – to achieve one’s goals, and to develop one’s knowledge and potential. OECD and Statistics Canada, IALS definition of literacy.




Literacy is the ability to identify, understand, interpret, create, communicate and compute, using printed and written materials associated with varying contexts. Literacy involves a continuum of learning in enabling individuals to achieve their goals, to develop their knowledge and potential, and to participate fully in their community and wider society.  UNESCO educational working group.

Essential Skills

Essential Skills are the skills needed for work, learning and life. They provide the foundation for learning all other skills and enable people to evolve with their jobs and adapt to workplace change.

Through extensive research, the Government of Canada and other national and international agencies have identified and validated nine Essential Skills. These skills are used in nearly every occupation and throughout daily life in different ways and at different levels of complexity.

  • Reading 100%
  • Writing 100%
  • Document Use 100%
  • Numeracy 100%
  • Oral Communications 100%
  • Working With Others 100%
  • Continuous Learning 100%
  • Thinking Skills 100%
  • Computer Use 100%