Quick Facts


Did you know the following facts about us?

  • Calgary Learns is a granting agency that supports foundational learning for adult Calgarians. We and our member organizations make community-based learning accessible and we celebrate the value of lifelong learning.
  • Calgary Learns was formed 40 years ago when the Alberta government issued a Further Education policy designed to promote lifelong learning across the province.
  • Originally we were called the Calgary Further Education Council.
  • In 1994 we changed our name to the Calgary Community Adult Learning Association (CCALA).
  • We became a registered charity in 1996.
  • We changed our name to Calgary Learns in 2005.
  • Calgary Learns funding dollars are provided through Alberta Advanced Education’s Community Adult Learning Program.
  • We have 2 funding streams: Program (annual and renewable) and Initiative (one-time projects)
  • We fund innovative programs and projects that support non-credit learning in two learning areas:
    • Literacy and Foundational Learning (highest priority)
      • Adult Literacy and Numeracy
      • English Language Learning
      • Foundational Life Skills
      • Basic Computer Skills
    • Community Capacity Building
      • Complementing, building on, supplementing foundational learning opportunities
      • Supporting the development of individuals, families and communities through learning
  • In 2015 we hired an Indigenous Liaison and began working closely with Indigenous leaders and educators to support and strengthen foundational learning opportunities for indigenous adults.
  • Our funding priorities are guided by the provincial Community Adult Learning Program, are further shaped by our community consultations and are aligned with our Strategic Directions.
  • We strive to promote, support and celebrate our membership and all those working in the adult learning community.
  • We’re the home of the LOLAs: the Life of Learning Awards, our way of celebrating fantastic adult foundational learners, educators, programs and funders in Calgary.