Council of the Federation Literacy Award

As a way to promote literacy across Canada, the Premiers created a Council of the Federation (COF) Literacy Award medallion. This award recognizes outstanding achievement, innovative practice and excellence in literacy. Thirteen, Council of the Federation Literacy medallions are presented annually, one for each province and territory. 

The 2017 Call for Nominations is Now Open

This year you can nominate an organization in B.C. who has had a significant impact, locally or provincially, in improving literacy for British Columbians. 

If you want to nominate someone:

  1. Fill out the application form (DOCX)
  2. Email the application to by April 28, 2017

If you require more time to submit your application, please contact

To learn more about the award, visit the Council of the Federation

2016 Winner

Burnaby School District LINC Program   

The Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) teachers have been providing services in the Burnaby School District since 1992. Many students come to the LINC program unable to read or write in any language. The LINC program offers basic literacy and advanced skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening and ties their competencies and outcomes to the Canadian Language Benchmarks. LINC incorporates inter-cultural/cross-cultural literacy, financial literacy, social/emotional literacy, health literacy and digital literacy to their programs. The teachers support students achieve their goals through active partnerships with community groups, innovative practices in their programs, referrals to local support services, ongoing professional development, and taking a learner-centred approach in their classrooms.  The LINC teachers are making a difference in the lives of their students’ and student’s families by instilling self-confidence and empowerment through learning.