What We Do

ECALA is a granting council that builds capacity in organizations to deliver programs to adult foundational learners in Edmonton by:

  • Allocating funding to organizations in Edmonton for programs
  • Providing relevant and accessible free or low-cost practitioner professional development sessions
  • Providing coaching and mentoring support for staff working in funded organizations
  • Facilitating community conversations relevant to adult foundational learning in Edmonton
  • Raising awareness about the availability and need for foundational life skill building for adults in Edmonton
  • Collaborating and partnering with organizations supporting adult foundational learning

Our Purpose

ECALA’s VISION is “Everyone can learn”.  ECALA’s Board of Directors and staff are passionate about ensuring everyone has access to lifelong learning opportunities which meets their goals in a flexible learning environment. Accessible, non-credit and part-time adult foundational skill building programs enables individuals to pursue further learning, have satisfying and meaningful employment, and fully participate in community life.

What We Value


Dynamic people create a vibrant ECALA

  • Being responsive to emerging issues
  • Developing capacity in agencies
  • Advocating for lifelong learning that helps learners succeed
  • Supporting innovation
  • Building awareness of learning opportunities
  • Working collaboratively
  • Reducing barriers to learners

Our Strategic Direction