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February 25, 2022

Submission to the Pre-Budget Consultations in Advance of the 2022 Federal Budget

On Feb. 25, 2022, as part of the Government of Canada’s 2022 Pre-Budget Consultation process, we made a written submission on behalf of ourselves and thirty-nine other organizations (available here).

In this submission, we support the continued building of the Canada-wide Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) system. We recommend that improved children’s literacy be one of the goals of this system, in order to enable its success with regard to quality, accessibility, and affordability, and we provide three key recommendations on how to support this goal.

Submission Signatories:

  • ABC Life Literacy Canada
  • Association of Early Childhood Educators of Nova Scotia
  • Association of Early Childhood Educators of Ontario
  • Bookmates
  • Calgary Reads
  • Canada West Foundation
  • Canadian Childcare Federation
  • Centre for Family Literacy
  • Children’s Book Bank
  • Children First Canada
  • Children's Healthcare Canada
  • Decoda Literacy Solutions
  • Dolly Parton's Imagination Library
  • Early Childhood Development Association of PEI (ECDA)
  • Elementary Literacy New Brunswick
  • ELLA - Early Learning and Literacy Alliance Waterloo Region
  • Ensuring Full Literacy in a Multicultural and Digital World
  • Frontier College
  • Further Education Society of Alberta
  • Hearing and Speech Nova Scotia
  • Let's Talk Science
  • Maggie’s Place Family Resource Centre – Colchester
  • Malvern Family Resource Centre
  • Manitoba Child Care Association
  • minibiblioPLUS powered by Fraser Hickson
  • Moose Jaw and District Literacy Network
  • Nunavut Bilingual Education Society (NBES)
  • NWT Literacy Council
  • Offord Centre for Child Studies - McMaster University
  • Ontario Library Association
  • Pediatric Chairs of Canada
  • PEI Literacy Alliance
  • Prince Albert Literacy Network
  • Read to Me!
  • Saskatchewan Early Childhood Association
  • Saskatchewan Literacy Network
  • Storybooks Canada
  • The Reading Partnership
  • UBC Language Sciences Initiative

Further endorsed by:

  • The South Winnipeg Family Information Centre
  • Montreal Children’s Hospital, McGill University Health Centre, The Family Resource Centre & Library

Please contact us at if your organization would like to endorse these recommendations, or if you wish to learn more and get involved.