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Who We Are

Our vision is to see Canada as a literate and learning society. Our mission is to strengthen communities, families, and individuals through literacy and learning by advocating, collaborating, and removing barriers.

Why we're here​

At FESA, we believe that literacy and foundational learning affects all aspects of family and community life — including: employment, finances, education, social welfare, and justice — and that low-literacy must be addressed to ensure the success of our communities. 

Video by Alesia Fieldberg & New Shadow Productions.

Why is literacy important?

In Canada, 48% of adults have low-literacy skills. That's millions of Canadians who do not have the essential skills they need to successfully thrive in their communities. Literacy and access to information is shown to reduce poverty and inequality, increase household income by providing opportunities for work, and improve the health of children.

Our work in 2023 by the numbers


children reached through literacy and parenting workshops


partnerships delivering 122 programs


participants in

Train the Facilitator



adult learners engaged

in literacy and essential

skills programs


new resources and programs developed


of learners applied their new skills outside of class

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