Basic Literacy

If you need basic literacy support (less than Grade 6 or equivalent), there are a number of options open to you.

Adult Basic Education (ABE) Level I

  • Basic literacy and numeracy, including skills from the elementary and primary grades
  • A student must be 19 years of age or older and a resident of Canada (permanent resident, landed immigrant, or person with refugee status).
  • Individuals may be eligible for special admission if they are 18 years of age and have not attended school for at least 6 months. Students can obtain a copy of the special admission referral package here or contact an ABE service provider for a copy.
  • Students younger than 18 years of age are not eligible for consideration.

A number of non-profit community-based centres  have contracted with the Department of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour to offer the ABE Level I program. Level I is also offered through some private training institutions. A list of non-profit community centres can be found here.

To apply for the ABE Level I program, contact a service provider approved to deliver the ABE Level I program. A current list of ABE service providers can be found here.

One-to-One Tutoring

There are many groups that offer volunteer one-to-one literacy tutoring services in Newfoundland and Labrador. This program is delivered to adults (18 years of age or older).

The following services are offered free of charge:

  • In the St. John’s metro area, please contact Teachers on Wheels at (709) 738-3975 or visit their website here.
  • In all other areas of the province, please contact NL Laubach Literacy Council at (709) 634-5081 or visit their website here.

For more information on adult literacy in the province, including programs and services, please contact:

Lauren Michael Power
Program Development Specialist (Education)
Literacy and Institutional Services Division
Department of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour
Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
PO Box 8700, St. John’s, NL A1B 4J6
Email: laurenpower@gov.nl.ca
Telephone: 1-709-729-2374