1 in 5 adult Albertans face daily literacy and numeracy challenges.

Literacy is not just about reading and writing.

Reading and writing are important, but literacy is about your ability to use those skills to help improve your life.

You need literacy skills to:

  • get and use information effectively
  • make informed choices about:
    • work
    • health care
    • parenting
    • household finances
    • voting

Part-time classes can help you improve your literacy or other learning skills.

Impacts of low literacy

See why it’s important for you or your family members to be able to read and write:

About CALP

Government funds CALP to support organizations that offer part-time, nonformal learning opportunities that are close to where you live.

CALP providers may be able to help you improve your:

  • literacy
  • numeracy
  • English language skills
  • basic digital skills
  • life skills

CALP offers safe and welcoming places to learn.

From 2017 to 2018, more than 17,000 people participated in community adult learning programs throughout Alberta.

CALP providers

Learning opportunities are offered by about 80 organizations in different communities throughout Alberta.

Find a CALP provider near you.

Three granting councils also provide funding to organizations in their cities on behalf of government:


Connect with the Foundational Learning and Skills Development Unit:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Email: [email protected]

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