The examples below highlight initiatives under way in New Brunswick to improve literacy. For more information on the full range of literacy actions and initiatives under way in New Brunswick, visit:

Department of Education and Early Childhood Development

Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour


Some examples of literacy activities in New Brunswick:


  • Elementary Literacy Friends (ELF) Program Literacy Partnerships: Elementary Literacy Inc./Littératie au Primaire, Inc., a not-for-profit organization, was formed as a public‑private partnership, with the aim of improving literacy rates in elementary-school children. Elementary Literacy/Littératie au Primaire works with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, districts, and schools to recruit and train volunteers who will provide support to children in Grades 1–3 who are struggling to grasp basic literacy skills. 


  • Workplace Essential Skills (WES) Program The Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour has collaborated with business, industry, community, and labour organizations to introduce Workplace Essential Skills (WES) training to employed individuals and job-seekers throughout the province. This training maximizes the skills and resources of New Brunswickers to ensure the competitive edge, innovation, and efficiency to lead business into a prosperous future. Training is customized to respond to the specific needs of the work environment and the current or future needs of employees. Newly learned skills can be applied immediately, with visible results. On-site training is also customized to identify labour-force gaps and assist with workforce recruitment, retention, and adaptation. WES provides the foundational skills necessary for everyone in today's workplace and in everyday life.