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February 19, 2021

Submission to the Pre-Budget Consultations in Advance of the 2021 Federal Budget

On Feb. 19, as part of the Government of Canada’s 2021 Pre-Budget Consultation process, we made a written submission on behalf of ourselves and twenty-eight other organizations (available here). In this submission, we support the development of a high-quality, accessible and affordable early learning and childcare system in Canada. In order to enable its success, we recommend that improved children’s literacy be articulated as one of the goals of this system.   

Submission Signatories: 

  • ABC Life Literacy Canada
  • Calgary Reads
  • Canada West Foundation
  • Canadian Children's Literacy Foundation
  • Centre for Family Literacy
  • Children’s Book Bank
  • Decoda Literacy Solutions
  • Dollywood Foundation of Canada
  • Ensuring Full Literacy in a Multicultural and Digital World
  • Explorations
  • First Book Canada
  • Fraser-Hickson Institute, Montreal
  • Frontier College
  • Further Education Society of Alberta
  • Kids Can Fly
  • Let's Talk Science
  • Maggie’s Place Family Resource Centre – Colchester
  • Margaret & Wallace McCain Family Foundation
  • Mothers Matter Centre
  • Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House (ANHBC)
  • NWT Literacy Council
  • Offord Centre for Child Studies - McMaster University
  • Ontario Library Association
  • Reading Partnership
  • Rotary Club of Cumberland Centennial
  • Saskatoon Public Schools Foundation Corp.
  • Storybooks Canada
  • UBC Language Sciences Initiative
  • Women's Contact Society

Further endorsed by: 

  • Read to Me! Nova Scotia
  • Prince Albert Literacy Network 
  • READ Saskatoon
  • Saskatchewan Literacy Network
  • Lloydminster Learning Council Association

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