Who’s Getting Funded? – take 2

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I recently was looking at the underspending by the federal government on literacy projects. This had me wondering what exactly was being funded. You may recall that in June 2014, core funding ended for national and provincial/territorial organizations, many of which closed their doors.

Word on the street is that it’s hard to get funding from the Office of Literacy and Essential Skills (OLES). The last call for concept papers was in January 2015 (I’ve not seen any calls for proposals since then nor have I heard of who was funded under this last call).

I tried the OLES Project Database on the website but it doesn’t look like this has been updated since 2010. My other source is the “Proactive Disclosure” section of the Employment and Social Development (ESDC) website. Based on the information there, nothing was funded in 2015-2016 and in 2014-2015, fiver projects were funded.

Fortunately, Public Accounts provides a list of grants and contributions. Although there’s no information about what the project is about, at least we now know who received funding and how much (it’s not clear whether the amount reflects the total contribution or only the particular year’s payment).

2016 Public Accounts – list of contributions under the adult learning, literacy, and essential skills Program (ALLESP) – fiscal year 2015-2016


Contributions to not-for-profit, for-profit, and aboriginal organizations, municipal, provincial and territorial governments for adult learning, literacy and essential skills 8,375,806
Actions interculturelles de développement et d’éducation, Sherbrooke, Québec 332,638
Alberta Rural Development Network, Sherwood Park, Alberta 277,753
Bow Valley College, Calgary, Alberta 136,370
Colleges and Institutes Canada, Ottawa, Ontario 105,043
Community Business Development Corporation Restigouche, Campbellton, New Brunswick 720,334
Community Economic Development and Employability Corporation, Montréal, Quebec 153,301
Conestoga College, Kitchener, Ontario 341,496
Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia 121,479
Decoda Literacy Solutions, Vancouver, British Columbia 253,367
Frontier College, Toronto, Ontario 265,655
Government of New Brunswick, Fredericton, New Brunswick 2,250,000
Nunavut Literacy Council, Cambridge Bay, Nunavut 1,049,844
Réseau pour le développement de l’alphabétisme et des compétences, Ottawa, Ontario 284,740
Saint John Learning Exchange, Saint John, New Brunswick 285,851
Skills Canada, Ottawa, Ontario 553,018
Social Research And Demonstration Corporation, Ottawa, Ontario 165,290
Workplace Education Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba 545,279
Young Women’s Christian Association of Canada, Toronto, Ontario 451,308
Transfer payments under $100,000 (2 recipients) 83,040


2015 Public Accounts – list of contributions under the Adult Learning, Literacy and Essential Skills Program (ALLESP) – fiscal year 2014-2015

Contributions to not‑for‑profit, for‑profit, and aboriginal organizations, municipal, provincial and territorial governments for adult learning, literacy and essential skills 12,160,665
ABC Life Literacy Canada – Toronto, Ontario 443,035
Actions interculturelles de développement et d’éducation – Sherbrooke, Québec 267,006
Alberta Rural Development Network – Sherwood Park, Alberta 362,385
Bow Valley College – Calgary, Alberta 114,848
Canadian Apprenticeship Forum – Ottawa, Ontario 429,994
Canadian Literacy and Learning Network – Ottawa, Ontario 107,658
Centre de documentation sur l’éducation des adultes et la condition féminine – Montréal, Québec 128,471
Colleges and Institutes Canada – Ottawa, Ontario 655,175
Community Business Development Corporation Restigouche – Campbellton, New Brunswick 686,516
Conestoga College – Kitchener, Ontario 492,991
Copian Inc. – Fredericton, New Brunswick 110,396
Dalhousie University – Halifax, Nova Scotia 148,260
Douglas College – New Westminster, British Columbia 849,289
Essential Skills Ontario – Toronto, Ontario 1,331,927
Excellence In Manufacturing Consortium of Canada – Owen Sound, Ontario 254,114
Frontier College – Toronto, Ontario 261,909
Government of New Brunswick – Fredericton, New Brunswick 1,250,000
Literacy Alberta Society – Calgary, Alberta 209,835
Mining Industry Human Resources Council – Ottawa, Ontario 168,433
Northwest Territories Literacy Council – Yellowknife, Northwest Territories 288,963
Nunavut Literacy Council – Cambridge Bay, Nunavut 452,857
Quebec English Literacy Alliance – Knowlton, Quebec 250,335
Réseau pour le développement de l’alphabétisme et des compétences – Ottawa, Ontario 508,814
Saint John Learning Exchange – Saint John, New Brunswick 173,598
Skills / Compétences Canada – Ottawa, Ontario 259,872
Social Research And Demonstration Corporation – Ottawa, Ontario 290,431
The Centre for Literacy – Montréal, Quebec 123,367
Trucking Human Resource Sector Council Atlantic – Truro, Nova Scotia 198,804
Université du Québec à Montréal – Montréal, Québec 133,120
Workplace Education Manitoba – Winnipeg, Manitoba 482,483
Young Women’s Christian Association of Canada – Toronto, Ontario 470,954
Transfer payments under $100,000 (5 recipients) 254,825



About Brigid Hayes

Brigid Hayes has developed an expertise in learning that spans almost 30 years as a senior policy advisor, program manager and partnership developer. Her knowledge of and experience in workplace literacy and learning has contributed to her recognition as an expert in this field, and she has undertaken significant activities to both help promote and enhance literacy and lifelong learning. Brigid works as an independent consultant and expert advisor on learning, literacy, and work. She has successfully developed a strategic planning and policy development practice involving workplace literacy, essential skills, partnership development, research, and evaluation.
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3 Responses to Who’s Getting Funded? – take 2

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  2. Donna Wood says:

    Thanks for this Brigid,

    That certainly is a large amount being provided to the NB government for literacy. I wonder what that is all about and why there are not more provincial governments in line for the federal funding ……..Donna

    Dr. Donna E. Wood, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, PO Box 1700 STN CSC, University of Victoria, Victoria, B.C. V8W 2Y2, Canada E-mail: woodd@uvic.ca Telephone: 250-384-5064/250-514-6859 ________________________________


  3. Brigid Hayes says:

    Indeed. I’d love to know what it was for. In the ‘old’ days, we had arrangements with all the p/t’s to support projects so large sums were often transferred. But that arrangement ended in 2006. I might have to see if there is any corresponding revenue in the NB budget. Because the college there is part of government, the money could be going to a college project as well.


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