CALP Support

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CALPs support adult learning in BC.

Across BC, many community literacy organizations offer Community Adult Literacy Programs (CALPs). Adult learners attend CALPs to improve their literacy and essential skills. CALPs allow adult learners to take non-credit literacy courses to improve their literacy skills for work, for home, or to pursue formal learning or training at a school district or public post-secondary institution.

CALP objectives:

  • increase the level of literacy and numeracy proficiencies among adults – 19 years and older – in order to meet the increasing demands of our labour market
  • meet the varying needs of adult learners including Indigenous peoples, immigrants, and persons with disabilities
  • increase literacy awareness among British Columbians

Decoda provides support for CALP programs across the province and collects information about adult literacy through the Adult Literacy Database.

We provide:

  • training on the Community Adult Literacy Program (CALP) benchmarks
  • professional development workshops and webinars for literacy practitioners
  • mentoring, support and resources for literacy programs
  • up-to-date information on literacy related events, news and opportunities

Adult Literacy Resources

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The Adult Literacy Database (ALD) is a database developed, managed and maintained by Decoda on behalf of literacy programs in BC. The database was designed and is supported by Counting Opinions (SQUIRE) Ltd.

The database was developed to:

  • collect information about the success of adults in literacy programs
  • provide literacy organizations with a tool to manage their programs
  • provide accurate information about learner progress
  • provide literacy programs with a consistent, secure place to store information

Who uses the Adult Literacy Database?

Literacy program management and staff use the Adult Literacy Database.
Literacy programs use information collected in the database to track learner progress, guide practice and report to funders. The identities of individuals are not disclosed or shared in any way.

Decoda Literacy Solutions uses the database to collate data about literacy regionally and provincially.

Adult Literacy Database Resources

CALP program staff will find the information, forms and resources needed on the Adult Literacy Database Resources page.

This page is password protected.

For more information about CALP Support or the Adult Literacy Database contact Jade Chan at

We acknowledge the support of the Province of British Columbia, through the Ministry of Post-Secondary Education and Future Skills.