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Welcome to ECALA

We are an Edmonton based adult community learning association, with a mandate to help individuals access non-credit educational opportunities throughout our city.

If you have educational needs, please visit our Programs & Services page or if you are a non-profit organization and want information on our funding, please visit our Grants & Funding page.

We have proudly served the city of Edmonton since 1998, and are funded by the Government of Alberta.

Edmonton Community Adult Learning Association (ECALA) is a granting council which provides funding to non-profit agencies to support the delivery of adult foundational learning and literacy initiatives which are non-credit and part-time.  ECALA promotes the value of lifelong learning, adult foundational learning and literacy through our vision “Everyone can learn”. 

Recently, ECALA received funding from Alberta Advanced Education to add an employee to our small team. primarily to build adult foundational learning and literacy capacity in ECALA member agencies and Community-based Adult Learning Programs (CALPS).  In addition, the PDS will support the development and implementation of a Learning and Training Plan in collaboration with Edmonton-based stakeholders. 


Indigenous Adult Programs

Funding Available for Indigenous Adult Programs, please visit Funding Applications page


What’s New

2018-1019 Request for Proposals

ECALA released the annual Request For Proposals Regular funding on December 7, 2017 to ECALA member agencies.  If you would like to submit a proposal you will want to contact the ECALA staff to discuss your request.  Half-day workshops will be held in January on how to complete the Request for Proposals.  Register for the workshops by emailing pd@ecala.org.

Deadline:  Friday, January 26, 2018 4:00 p.m.

2018-19 Request For Proposals


Changes to 2018/19 CALP Guidelines

The new 2018/19 CALP guidelines include several changes, and this section will help keep you up to date

Strengthening Family Literacy

Advanced Education has made some changes in how Family Literacy will be reported in the 2018/18 granting term. Family Literacy has changed from a funded category to a mode of delivery. What does this mean for you and your programming?

Although the focus of family literacy has always been on the adult as the primary learner, many family literacy programs also addressed the emergent literacy development of the children. CALP funded programs are being asked to look at the adult learning that is happening in our programs with more intentionality. What skills and abilities are the adult learners taking away from our family literacy programs? How are we addressing the foundational needs of the learners who are coming to our programs?

One of the first things you will have to decide when offering a program is which of the Literacy and Foundational Learning (LFL) categories does your program best align with? Does your program have a numeracy focus; are the parents focusing on basic reading and writing skills; are the parents practicing their English language skills or are you offering a parenting class?
Another change to the CALP system is that training in the individual model’s is no longer mandatory; however, it is strongly recommended that anyone offering a specific model take the training. This will ensure that the integrity and quality of the program is kept in tack. You may use dollars from your grant to cover the cost of any family literacy training that you need.

It is also very important that organizations understand the Best Practices of Family Literacy. A helpful document in better understanding these practices can be found http://www.famlit.ca/resources/bestpractice.shtml.

One thing to keep in mind is that the existing requirements for the delivery of family literacy programming have not changed. Programs must still:

  • Target learners with social and/or economic barriers
  • Continue to be offered free or charge; and
  • Be designed for committed participants who attend multiple sessions over a number of weeks

If you have questions please contact our office at 780-415-5520 or email info@ecala.org

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