Literacy & Education


Low literacy can be a key contributor to the root causes of crime. B.C. Corrections helps people under its supervision make a new start by teaching them to read, write and learn the skills they need to live independently.

B.C. Corrections delivers programs in plain-language to ensure offenders with low literacy understand and benefit fully from our programs.

More than Reading and Writing

Basic literacy means being able to read and write, but the skills needed to navigate the world successfully go beyond the basics. Full literacy involves:

  • Making use of information in forms, maps, schedules and other documents
  • Understanding arithmetic well enough to balance accounts, calculate tips or review receipts
  • Solving problems by creating and carrying out a plan

Through Essential Skills to Success, offenders gain the skills they need to succeed at these types of tasks after they are released from custody.


Education can reduce crime by giving offenders the skills they need to succeed. B.C. Corrections partners with schools to develop and deliver educational programs for offenders in custody.

The programs help offenders:

  • Obtain their high school or high school equivalency diplomas
  • Earn certificates and accreditation to aid in their future job searches
  • Prepare for college

Corrections works with its partners to deliver English as a Second Language (ESL) courses. These courses make it easier for immigration detainees and offenders with limited knowledge of English to integrate into the community.

The Indigenous Studies program helps inmates better understand and connect with Aboriginal cultures in British Columbia.