Every adult learner has a unique story to share. In today’s increasingly complex world, it is vitally important that adults continually work to maintain and improve their literacy levels. There are many community organizations offering adult literacy support. Please visit the links below to learn more:

Community Adult Literacy Programs (CALPs)
Community Adult Literacy Benchmarks
Credentials and Badges for Learners
West Coast Reader
Burnaby Public Library Adult Literacy Collection

Civic Literacy


Civic literacy means having the knowledge to participate in the political and decision making processes within your community. This includes voting, knowing how the government works, and the rights and responsibilities of citizens and elected members of government. When you have strong civic literacy skills, you know how to make your voice heard by all levels of government – before, during and after an election. Please visit the links below to learn more:

Elections Canada – Everything a Voter Should Know
Burnaby Local By-Elections
Writing Letters To Your Civic Representatives
Community Organizing 101
Wikipedia’s Introduction To Community Organizing

Digital Literacy


Digital literacy is having the knowledge, skill and confidence to use information technology that allows you to thrive at work, home, and in the community. Computers are increasingly becoming an essential part of everyday life. They’ve changed how we do things, and will continue to do so. To keep up, we need to strengthen our digital literacy. Please visit the links below to learn how:

Burnaby Neighbourhood House’s Digital Cafe
Burnaby Neighbourhood House Website
Digital Equity BC PowerPoint Presentation
SD 41 CCE Computer Courses
Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy

Family Literacy

Family literacy programs focus on parents as the means to improve the reading and writing skills of all family members. In a family, adults model literacy as an important skill needed to take part in society. Family literacy programs can increase adult literacy when literacy instruction for adults is incorporated into programs. Adults also learn how to support their children’s learning.

ABC Life’s Family Literacy Day
Burnaby Public Library for families
15 Min Outdoor Activity for Family Literacy
15 Min Kitchen Activity for Family Literacy
15 Min Everyday Activity for Family Literacy
15 Min Fun Story Telling Activity

Financial and Numerical Literacy


Financial literacy is the possession of the set of skills and knowledge that allows an individual to make informed and effective decisions with all of their financial resources. Our goal is to provide guidance to help people manage their finances and make intelligent decisions. To this end, we have organized several resources to bolster your numerical literacy:

Investopedia’s Guide to Financial Literacy
Investing for Beginners –
What is an ETF? –
Money Math Workbook
Home Math Workbook
Kitchen Math Workbook

Health Literacy

Health literacy is having the knowledge and awareness to manage your own health and make intelligent decisions for you and your family. Strong health literacy skills will allow you to avoid harmful health practices such as a poor diets that are high in unhealthy fats, sugars, and carbs. When you’re able to make intelligent health choices, you can avoid diseases such as diabetes, obesity, cancer, and tooth decay.

Top ten Health Literacy Websites
ABC Life
B.C. Cancer Agency
How to get patients to read health information
Fraser Health Nutrition Resources
Building Resilient Workers
Health Information Geared to Readability Levels
Wikipedia’s Complete Guide to Tooth Decay