Since its inception in 1989, the Literacy Foundation has created many projects that have made it known in Quebec, elsewhere in Canada, and on the international scene. Starting in 1996, it implemented sound strategic planning. The credibility of the social action proposed by the Foundation lies in the strength of its convictions and its profound faith in the need to generate change in society so as to enhance the quality of life of illiterate individuals and, consequently, the community.
Since Quebec is not immune to illiteracy, the representatives of the Équipe interrégionale en alphabétisation du Québec (interregional literacy team) mobilized for International Literacy Year, decreed in 1990 by UNESCO. Their aim was to mark the occasion with a major awareness campaign that led to the creation of the Literacy Foundation on November 14, 1989.
Creation of the Quebec Literacy Foundation
Team: No permanent staff
Official launch of the Foundation, May 4, 1990Launch of the referral line
Launch of Quebec Literacy Week
First annual fundraising campaign
First issue of the Alpha-Link newsletter
Introduction of strategic governance
Start of Domtar’s Paper Christmas for Literacy project
1st participation in Opération Bonne Mine (initiative to minimize the impact of childhood poverty)
1st fundraising campaign targeted to companies
1998Inauguration of A Book and a Rose
1st symposium on corporate literacy training and basic training
Launch of the Foundation’s Web site
Code d’accès TV program on TQS (for people with reading and writing difficulties)
Inception of Option-compétences: referral service in the field of corporate training in basic competencies
Start of The Gift of Reading®
New name for the referral line: Info-Alpha line
2nd symposium on corporate literacy training and basic training
Publication La mondialisation de l'ignorance
Launch of the video À mots découverts (four portraits of illiterate people)
Final participation in Opération Bonne Mine
First edition of the Dictionaries: Pass it on! project
3rd symposium on corporate literacy training and basic training
Publication Nouvelle économie, nouveaux enjeux de formation
Launch of the Adult Learnline
Name change to Literacy Foundation
Establishment of the Referral Department – Companies section
End of Quebec Literacy Week: superseded by collaboration on Quebec Adult Learners Week, introduced by the Quebec Ministry of Education (MEQ)
The Foundation’s budget reaches its first $1 million
New organizational signature: Fill in the Blank!
First Reading Day
Poll on the Foundation’s profile by Léger Marketing: 45% of Quebecers are familiar with the Foundation
Launch of the À la une! electronic newsletter
Start of the Cascades of Paper for Literacy—Green Learning project
Creation of the Literacy Coalition
New organizational signature: Words of hope
Hebdos Québec survey: one in every four weekly newspaper readers knows someone who has trouble reading
Research Mieux connaître le parcours des apprenants potentiels en lien avec la formation et l'emploi : analyse du portrait des adultes faisant appel au Service de référence de la Fondation pour l'alphabétisation
Last Reading Day
20th anniversary of the Literacy Foundation
In May, more than 30,000 brand new children’s books were distributed through The Gift of Reading.
Launch of the I Don’t Give Up, I’m A Winner! bursary program sponsored by the Desjardins Foundation
In May, some 37,000 brand new children’s books were distributed through The Gift of Reading, more than 15,000 of them to infants and toddlers aged 0–4.
The Gift of Reading inaugurated an all-new visual concept.