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Adults in British Columbia will be able to develop stronger reading, writing and math skills in more than 80 local communities with an investment in Community Adult Literacy Programming.

"Our government is investing in programs that break down barriers to empower people to be more active members in their communities," said Melanie Mark, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training. "We know that it's critically important for people to have literacy and numeracy skills to complete simple daily tasks like cooking, attending medical appointments and applying for work. I applaud these community organizations that are the unsung heroes that open doors and create pathways for all British Columbians."

Mark was joined by literacy partners at Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House and Shane Simpson, MLA for Vancouver-Hastings, as she announced $2.4 million to be shared among 94 community adult literacy programs that are run by 69 different service providers.

Post-secondary institutions work with community literacy providers to connect adult learners with the skills they need to build a strong future for themselves, their families and their community. These partnerships support improved learning outcomes and encourage people to transition from community programs to post-secondary studies.

Grants of up to $30,000 per program are awarded to community adult literacy organizations to deliver Indigenous, adult, and family literacy programs. 

NVIT will be receiving funding for its Skeetchestn Community Literacy and Numeracy program. The Skeetchestn Indian Band is in the Savona area, north of Merritt.

More than 700,000 British Columbians are estimated to have significant literacy challenges. A staggering 45% of adults in B.C. have some difficulty with daily living tasks due to limited literacy skills.

Also, 52% of adults in B.C. have difficulty in accomplishing some daily living tasks due to limited numeracy skills.

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