Community Adult Learning Program

Improve your reading, writing and learning skills in part-time learning opportunities that are close to your home.

Services and information

Government direction to help CALP-funded organizations that deliver adult literacy and other skills programming across Alberta.


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

You can take these learning opportunities in many different ways, such as:

  • in a classroom
  • with a tutor
  • as part of a group

CALP environments are safe and welcoming places to learn. They are meant for you to return to learning or add skills to improve your life.

CALP’s vision aims at changing lives through adult foundational learning in connected communities. The program helps adult learners:

  • learn foundational skills that they use in their everyday lives
  • have access to relevant and engaging learning opportunities
  • benefit from CALPs that are well connected in their community

Watch this video about how community adult learning helps.

In 2016 to 2017, more than 21,000 people participated in community adult learning programs throughout Alberta.

CALP providers

Learning opportunities are offered by about 100 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 Public Awareness Branch:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-643-6393
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)