Council of the Federation Literacy Award

The Council of the Federation, which includes all 13 provincial and territorial premiers, created the Council of the Federation Literacy Award in 2004. Presented annually in each province and territory, the award celebrates outstanding achievement, innovative practice and excellence in literacy.

In 2021, British Columbia will celebrate the achievements of a literacy-related organization that help Indigenous, workplace or community literacy learners in B.C. acquire the literacy skills they need to improve their lives. This includes Indigenous language, numerical, digital or other forms of literacy. The award is administered by the Public Libraries Branch, Ministry of Municipal Affairs.


Who is eligible?

­­The award will go to a literacy-related organization in B.C. providing leadership in the field through partnerships and collaboration and that demonstrates outstanding achievement, innovative practice and excellence in literacy. Selection of the recipient will be evidence-based.

B.C. government employees, members of the selection committee and their families, or past winners are not eligible for the B.C. Council of the Federation Literacy Award.

Organizations may self-nominate. If the organization has self-nominated, a letter of support will be required by at least one external organization/person to validate the nomination.

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

Recognition will include a Council of the Federation Literacy Award medallion, a certificate from the Premier, an honorarium and public promotion.

­The 2021 nomination period has closed. We invite you to submit a nomination for the 2022 Council of the Federation Literacy Award next spring.


2021 Recipient

Pacific Immigrant Resources Society (PIRS)

The Pacific Immigrant Resources Society’s (PIRS) mission is to ensure that immigrant and refugee women and their children can participate fully in life in British Columbia, including through education, employment and everything community life has to offer.

PIRS places a priority on responding to the needs of new learners and increasing accessibility in the community, offering English-literacy programs with childcare services and baby-friendly classrooms.

PIRS supports learners’ overall well-being by helping them to:

  • Develop social and emotional connections
  • Access mental health support

Trauma-informed practice is a main component in all its programs.

PIRS demonstrates outstanding leadership through innovative partnerships, including through its “train the trainer” digital literacy program and by teaching other service providers to apply trauma-informed perspectives and practices to their work. Through ongoing community dialogue, conversations with learners and formal assessment, PIRS ensures that its literacy programs remain responsive and relevant to the specific needs of participants.