May 26, 2022

“Mainstay of Canada’s Literacy Movement Topples”, Copian Closes Due to Lack of Government Funding

From a Toronto Star Column by  Carol Goar:

A sad farewell note is all that remains of Copian.

It closed its doors quietly after 25 years at the nucleus of Canada’s community literacy network, leaving behind this online message: “We’re sorry! As a result of the withdrawal of funding from the Government of Canada we are no longer able to provide you with the information you are seeking.”

The non-profit organization, previously known as the National Adult Literacy Database, provided hundreds of grassroots groups, local libraries and new readers with access to the best the material in the field and an online training centre.

Read the Complete Column

Read the Complete Shutdown Notice, Comments, Info About Fundraising

Read the Compian Vision and Mission Statements

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