What do we do?

We are a non-profit, community-based organization that provides basic (grade 1 – 5 equivalent)┬átraining in reading, writing, and math to English-speaking adults. Our service is free, private, and one-to-one. We have been assisting adults with their literacy skills┬ásince 1973.

How do we do it?

We train volunteers to provide one-to-one tutoring to adults aged 19 and over. We also run four small group classes three times a week.

Our Mission:

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

Our Vision:

Hamilton Reads
Our Funders:

The Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities – www.tcu.gov.on.ca

United Way of Halton and Hamilton – www.uwhh.ca

The City of Hamilton – City Enrichment Fund- www.city.hamilton.on.ca

Private donors

Student Testimonials

“I got a job!”

“I can read to my grandchild.”

“I have an email account.”

“I filled out my census form on my own, and I did it online.”

“I got my food handler certificate.”

“I can figure out the cost with sales tax.”

Privacy Policy

The Hamilton Literacy Council will not collect information we do not need. The Council will not give out personal information without permission.


How can you help?

Become a volunteer literacy tutor.

If you know someone who needs help with basic reading, writing and computer skills, tell them to contact us.

Tell 2 friends what we do.

Make a tax-deductible charitable donation.