The Centre for Literacy of Quebec is a resource, professional development and research centre that supports best practices and informed policy development in literacy, by creating bridges between research, policy and practice. It is guided by a Board of Directors drawn from a range of constituencies served by The Centre.


Our vision is a society where lifelong learning opportunities and community supports enable all individuals to participate fully in their communities as family members, citizens, and workers.


Our mission is to increase community capacity for effective literacy practice and informed policy development at the local, national, and international levels.


Our website offers:

  • Access to our online library catalogue;
  • Contact to our librarian and other staff;
  • Links to literacy organizations, research, databases, bibliographies and more.

The Centre for Literacy of Quebec organizes a variety of participatory and collaborative learning opportunities, on topics relevant to adult literacy and basic education practitioners, policy makers, researchers and interested members of the community.

Summer Institute: Since 1990, our largest annual event is a participatory learning event that focuses on a specific key trend in the literacy field. It attracts local, national and international participation.

Workshops, lectures, and symposia are organized to meet the needs of community partners (local and national), in response to specific requests or interests. Recent topics have included health literacy, learning and brain studies, literacy and new technologies.

The Centre for Literacy produces several unique publications for literacy practitioners, researchers, policy-makers, and interested members of the community, including:

  • News from the Centre (quarterly)
  • Literacy Across the CurriculuMedia Focus (semi-annually)
  • Working Papers on Literacy (published occasionally, these publications stimulate discussion and debate around topics affecting research and policy that are commissioned from international experts and new researchers)
  • Annotated Bibliographies on a variety of topics such as technology, learning disabilities, and numeracy
  • Research/activity reports on a variety of literacy pertinent topics, available on our web site.
  • Reports detailing the ongoing Health Literacy Project with the Montreal General Hospital of McGill University Health Centre.

The Centre for Literacy houses one of Canada’s largest special library collections on adult literacy, basic skills, and related topics in education. It is accessible for reference or borrowing to anyone in Canada by contacting our Librarian. Areas of special focus are family literacy, health literacy, learning disabilities, media literacy, technology and numeracy.

Our Collection includes:

  • English literacy teaching and learning materials
  • High-interest, low-level reading materials for adult new readers
  • Program and professional development tools
  • Research – governmental, academic and community-based, on every aspect of literacy
  • Documentation on literacy policies in Canada and internationally
  • Selected journals on adult literacy and basic education

Traveling Resource Trunks – Custom created groupings of materials from our collection can be shipped to literacy providers for professional development, research, or to enrich program content.

Research, Reference and Consultation Services are available online, by telephone or by meeting in person with our Librarian. Users can browse through the library collection, request the Librarian refer them to other sources of information or engage the Librarian to do research on their behalf.

The Centre for Literacy welcomes opportunities for partnerships with other organizations to coordinate activities, events, projects, and programs that promote literacy and learning at the community level and contribute to capacity building in the area of adult literacy.

Demonstration Projects (selected)

  • HIPPY – Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters is a home-based, preschool education program that prepares children for success in school and beyond. It is being run in partnership with The Salvation Army and Maison Elizabeth House with support from the Fondation Lucie et André Chagnon
  • A joint health literacy initiative since 1995 with the Department of Nursing of the McGill University Health Centre has been studying the relevant factors for effective patient communication.
    Awareness and/or fundraising projects Awareness and/or fundraising projects
  • An annual Grassroots Community Writing session is part of the Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival that also includes theatre, photography, film and painting.
  • An annual Poetry Challenge raises funds for literacy and literature through a public reading event.
  • A Museums, Literacy and Arts project seeks to expand and normalize collaborations between museums, community arts and adult literacy groups as a way to reach new learners in non-traditional settings.
  • A month-long book sale during International Literacy Month in partnership with Giant Book Sales.