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Transforming lives through literacy

The Hamilton Literacy Council helps adults improve their literacy skills, providing a strong foundation for learners to work towards their personal and professional goals.

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About the Hamilton Literacy Council

Supporting adult learning since 1973

We are a non-profit, community-based organization and registered charity that provides free basic training in reading, writing, math and computer skills to English-speaking adults in Hamilton. To date, we have helped more than 11,000 Hamiltonians develop and improve their literacy skills through our programs.

HLC courses

Literacy training courses

We offer a range of free adult literacy courses through one-to-one training and small group classes.
Take a look at our course list to find out more.


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Whether you want to become a volunteer tutor or board member, there are many ways to get involved and help support the Hamilton Literacy Council.

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What’s happening


Check out what’s happening at the Hamilton Literacy Council and stay up to date on our latest news, courses and events.


Congratulations to Stace Cook

We would like to congratulate Stace Cook for being one of the winners of Laubach Literacy Ontario's 'Creative Writing Challenge' (more…)

We are looking for Volunteer Tutors

Are you interested in volunteering as a tutor? We would love to have you join our next workshop (more…)

Courses 2023/2024

Our one-to-one tutoring for reading, writing, and math continues all year. Our small group classes start in September with new courses available throughout the year. Please contact us for next…

Our funding partners

We’re proud to receive funding for our literacy programs from these trusted partners