Community Adult Literacy Programs

Kwantlen Polytechnic University has expanded community adult literacy programming (CALP) across the South Fraser with funding from the Province of BC. From Richmond to Surrey to Langley, community service agencies are partnering with KPU experts to ensure high-needs adults, families and youth can improve their quality of life, earn sufficient income, participate in their children’s education, understand current events, and enjoy leisure and recreational pursuits.  

Come join a program near you!

Job Seekers
ADULTS (Surrey) - Learn with a Friend
Job Seekers wanting to improve their English can join a free English class providing help with resumes and cover letters, interview skills, computer job search, and work expectations. Extra one-on-one support is also available. To get involved, contact Devinder Chattha at 604.596.7722 or by email at

In partnership with PICS and Surrey Libraries.

adults studying
ADULTS (Langley) - COOL
Community One-on-One Learning (COOL) pairs adult learners with trained tutors to address the learner's literacy needs.  The pairs meet in public spaces across Langley for 2 hours / week and lessons are tailored to meet the learner's specific literacy goals.  Contact Langley Outreach Coordinator Kailey Erickson to become a tutor or get tutoring: 604.217.2642 or by email at

In partnership with Langley Literacy Network, Encompass Support Services Society and the Fraser Valley Regional Library.

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FAMILIES & ADULTS (Richmond) - Learning Together
Families wanting to help their pre-school age children, and ready themselves for employment can join a Learning Together weekly program at the Brighouse and Cambie branches of the Richmond Public Library. Adults looking forward to new opportunities in Canada can attend a Literacy for Life weekly program of adult and workplace literacy to get ready for the broader job market. To get involved, contact:

Learning Together Program: Public Library’s Kate Adams: 604.231.6417 or by email at

Literacy for Life Program:  Public Library's Kathy He:  604.231.6417 or by email at

In partnership with Richmond Public Library, Literacy Richmond and Richmond Women's Resource Centre.

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ADULTS (White Rock & Surrey) - Partners
Do you want to get a certification (like a driver's license), go back to school, get a better job, or improve your literacy skills?  Partners offers free, one-to-one tutoring in reading, writing and math to low literacy English speaking adults.  We are a great first step for anyone who is not ready for a classroom.  Contact Shanti Ang, Partners Coordinator, if you need help or if you want to volunteer as a tutor: 778.242.READ (7323) or by email at

In partnership with READ Surrey/White Rock Society and Fraser Valley Regional Library and with the support of provincial and private donors. 

ADULTS (Surrey) - English Language programs for learners of all levels

DIVERSEcity's Language Training and Literacy Programs offer a range of free English language classes to permanent residents and refugees, from pre-literacy to CLB 6. including LINC preparation classes for Literacy and multi-barrier clients.  Classes are offered at different times of the day and week to accommodate the needs of clients, and are supported by on-site childminding.  The program also ensures that newcomers are provided information about community services and resources and ensures that newcomers acquire skills for adapting to Canadian society and the Canadian work environment.  To get more information contact:  604.597.0205 or email