Facts and Statistics

Imagine struggling to or not being able to:

  • read the community newspaper?
  • help your child do their homework?
  • track where your money goes?
  • complete a job application?
  • read a book for the pleasure of it?

How would you feel? How frustrated might you be? It’s hard to imagine.

Yet everyday, people in our community – young, old, and in all ages between – struggle with these issues.

The reality is that around 35% of working age adults in British Columbia do not have the literacy skills they need to fully participate and succeed in today’s world.  We know that literacy doesn’t exist in a vacuum.  Low literacy affects community crime rates, voter turnout, economic outputs and inputs, as well as individual health and well-being.

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