What is Project READ?

Project READ Literacy Network is the umbrella organization of literacy and essential skills in Waterloo-Wellington. Our mission is to provide any adult or family in Waterloo-Wellington with access to literacy training.  We achieve this through knowledge building, knowledge exchange and assessment and development of knowledge and skills. Founded in 1988, our agency provides information to the public, research and development to the literacy field, and support to Literacy and Basic Skills agencies in our region and across Ontario. We receive core funding from the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. We receive time-limited project and program funding from the federal Office of Literacy and Essential Skills (ESDC), Region of Waterloo, Foundations and corporate sponsorships.

We are a doorway to literacy and Essential Skills services offered in our region. We develop, in collaboration with the local Literacy & Basic Skills (LBS) agencies, training solutions to meet the literacy needs of our citizens. Members of our network include literacy agencies, English as a second language programs, libraries, employment training organizations, and other concerned individuals and groups. Project READ provides many services to the public and to our network members.
We believe that literacy and Essential Skills are necessary to function independently to reach an individual’s full potential. Low literacy affects many aspects of life including health, income, employment, parenting, education or training and daily living. Literacy and Essential Skills include:

  • Reading Text
  • Document Use
  • Writing
  • Numeracy or Math
  • Thinking Skills
  • Oral Communications
  • Working With Others
  • Computer Use
  • Continuous Learning

For more information, check out our literacy definition.

Low literacy affects 24% of the population (adults 16 years +) in Waterloo-Wellington. These adults lack the skills to deal with everyday printed materials such as medicine labels, printed instructions, notes from doctors or other professionals. Men and women are equally affected. Click on “Literacy Facts” for more information and statistics.

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