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 2022, British Columbia will celebrate the achievements of a literacy champion who helps 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.

Nominations will be assessed according to:

  • Demonstrated excellence and innovative practices in literacy
  • Responsiveness to community needs and relevance of their work
  • Results that demonstrate the nominee has had a positive impact in people’s lives by helping them develop their literacy skills

Selection of the recipient will be evidence-based.


Who is eligible?

  • Nominees must reside or be based in B.C. and have been actively involved in B.C.’s literacy community within the past two years
  • B.C. government employees, selection committee members and their families, or past winners are not eligible for the B.C. Council of the Federation Literacy Award
  • Self-nominations will not be accepted 

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

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

Nomination requirements

Please email nominations to PUBLIB@gov.bc.ca in PDF or Word file format (maximum size 35MB).  

Each nomination should include:

  • Nominator contact information including email address, phone number and organization (if applicable)*
  • Nominee contact information including email address, phone number and organization (if applicable)*
  • A nomination rationale clearly explaining how the nominee has met the award nomination criteria (1,000 words maximum)
  • Two additional letters of support are required (500 words each maximum), demonstrating why the nominee deserves the award*
  • Supporting evidence may be provided to help demonstrate how the individual meets the nomination criteria, up to six attachments (providing this additional information is optional, not required)

*A signed, privacy consent and release form is required. 

For nominators and third parties providing support – Privacy Consent and Release Form (PDF, 120KB)

For nominees – Privacy Consent and Release Form (PDF, 145KB) 


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.