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About Frontier College

Frontier College has been working on the front lines to improve Canada’s literacy rates since 1899. Our roots are in the rail gangs that opened the West and in the lumber and mine camps that lay the basis for Canada’s resource-based economy. In the early days, Frontier College recruited teachers who worked alongside labourers by day and taught them to read and write at night.

Today, we work in Canada’s most impoverished communities training volunteers to help children, youth and adults with low literacy improve their reading and writing skills. In 2013, 2,800 volunteers worked with more than 21,000 individuals in inner-city classrooms, women’s shelters, prisons, community centres and Aboriginal communities across the country to improve literacy.

Literacy is an essential skill in today’s world. At Frontier College, we believe it’s a fundamental right. Low literacy skills are directly linked to poverty, poor health and unemployment. Over 40 per cent of Canadian adults have trouble with everyday tasks that involve reading. That’s millions of Canadians who are not reaching their potential. Through a network of thousands of volunteers, Frontier College is helping people to realize their potential and seize the opportunities that come their way.

To learn more about Frontier College, go to www.frontiercollege.ca or call us as 1-800-555-6523 or 416-923-3591, ext. 324.