Canada’s 13 premiers and territorial leaders make up the Council of the Federation. They work together on issues of common concern.

Each year the council recognizes a person, team or organization from each province or territory for their work in literacy. They give 13 of the Council of the Federation Literacy Awards across Canada.

The Council of the Federation Literacy Award recipients are announced in September on International Literacy Day.

The nomination process is currently closed and will reopen in Spring 2023.

Award recipients

The Council of the Federation Literacy Award started in 2005. Here’s a list of who’s won the award in Ontario:

  • 2022: e-Channel team:
    • Avon-Maitland District School Board 'The Learning Hub'
    • Sioux Hudson Literacy Council ‘Good Learning Anywhere'
    • Coalition Ontarienne de Formation des Adultes ‘Formation à Distance (F@D)’
    • George Brown College ‘Deaf Learn Now’
    • College Sector Committee for Adult Upgrading ‘Academic & Career Entrance Program / ACE Distance’
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  • 2021: Summer Burton, LBS curriculum developer working with Literacy Link South Central
  • 2020: Fatuma Hassan ESL Literacy learner attending Women's Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor Inc.
  • 2019: Katharina Peters, a learner with the YMCA St. Thomas-Elgin Skills Training and Upgrading Program
  • 2018: T.R. Leger School of Adult, Alternative and Continuing Education, Upper Canada District School Board
  • 2017: The LearningHUB
  • 2016: Kenamatewin Native Learning Centre, Kenora
  • 2015: Brenda Krys, literacy volunteer with Waterloo Region District School Board
  • 2014: Tim Nicholls Harrison, CEO, Owen Sound and North Grey Union Public Library
  • 2013: Shelley Harris, education and employment manager, YWCA St. Thomas-Elgin
  • 2012: Community Literacy of Ontario, based in Barrie
  • 2011: Ningwakwe George, founder, Ningwakwe Learning Press
  • 2010: Leah Morris, executive director, Adult Basic Education Association, based in Hamilton
  • 2009: Jean Doull, executive director, Organization for Literacy in Sarnia-Lambton
  • 2008: Alfred Jean-Baptiste, executive director, Centre for Community Learning and Development, Toronto
  • 2007: Michelle Eady, member/project leader,  Sioux Hudson Literacy Council
  • 2006: Leslie Ion, tutor, fundraiser and volunteer, Literacy Council of Brantford and District
  • 2005: Rita Buffalo, literacy coordinator, Anishnawbe Skills Development Program, Thunder Bay