RICHMOND – A local adult literacy project, the Literacy Richmond Community Adult Literacy Program, has received $30,318 from the provincial government to help learners improve their reading and writing skills.

The project, a collaboration between Literacy Richmond; School District 38 and Kwantlen Polytechnic University, is being supported through the Community Adult Literacy Program (CALP), an initiative that distributes funding to not-for-profit community groups to offer free literacy training that is easily accessible in local schools, native friendship and community centres.

“By improving literacy skills, people can gain access to many more opportunities,” Richmond-East MLA Linda Reid said. “This program makes a real difference in people’s lives as it helps further their education and improve job prospects.”

“Many adults are greatly supported by the program as it builds up their confidence to pursue more advanced education, better employment opportunities, and notable gains in social engagement,” Richmond-Steveston MLA John Yap said.

Each community organization that delivers a CALP project, such as Literacy Richmond, partners 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 employment training.

This year approximately $2.4 million is being distributed towards 83 CALP projects in 90 communities throughout B.C. It is expected 9,000 adult learners will be helped through the projects.

Since 2001, the provincial government has invested more than $25 million in CALP, helping more than 93,000 adults improve their reading and writing skills.