Council of the Federation Literacy Award

What is the Council of the Federation Literacy Award?

The Council of the Federation (COF) Literacy Award was established by Canada’s Premiers to recognize outstanding achievement, innovative practice and excellence in literacy. Canada’s provinces and territories are repositories of innovative principles, practices and programs that reflect the very highest ideals in literacy best practices, and serve the varying needs of many different types of learners. Each year, 13 COF Literacy medallions are awarded, one for each province and territory. 

In 2018, British Columbia will celebrate the achievements of a literacy educator, practitioner or volunteer, honouring their commitment to helping people in B.C. acquire the literacy skills they need to improve their lives. In B.C., the award is administered by the Ministry of Education.

Who is eligible?

Any individual who has been a resident for at least two years in British Columbia that demonstrates outstanding achievement, innovative practice and excellence in literacy, for the benefit of learners in the province. 

Past winners and individual members of the selection committee and their families are not eligible for the British Columbia Council of the Federation Literacy Award.

Each nominee must consent to having his/her name, summary of achievements, and photograph released to the media and included in Government of British Columbia publications for publicity purposes associated with this award.

What will the Council of the Federation Literacy Award winner receive?

Recognition will include a medallion, certificate, honorarium, and public promotion. 

When is the deadline?

May 18, 2018

How do I Submit a Nomination?

Submit an Online Nomination

Information collected through the nomination process is under the authority of 26(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, BC. If you have any questions about the collection of personal information, please contact:

Director, Libraries Branch
Teacher Regulation, Independent Schools and Public Libraries Division 
BC Ministry of Education (Victoria)
PO Box 9831 Stn Prov Gov
Victoria, B.C., V8W 9T1
Toll Free (BC only): 1.800.663.7051 

2017 Winner

Project Literacy Kelowna    

British Columbia’s oldest independent literacy organization was awarded the Council of the Federation Literacy Award on September 8, for its work to develop literacy skills and build community ties throughout the Central Okanagan Region.

Project Literacy Kelowna Society provides free tutoring in reading, writing, language proficiency, digital literacy, mathematics and financial literacy, with the help of 150 dedicated volunteers. Since the organization opened its doors in 1986, the training it has provided has helped more than 6,000 residents from different national and cultural backgrounds enhance their literacy skills.