About Frontier College


Frontier College is Canada's original literacy organization, founded in 1899 on the belief that literacy is a fundamental right. For decades, our work was carried out by university students who signed on to live, work and teach alongside workers in isolated "frontier" settlements: rail gangs, lumber and mining camps and shipyards.  Today, you’ll find us on inner-city streets and remote reserves, in schools and libraries, public housing sites, prisons, farms and shelters. We work with volunteers and community partners to give children, youth and adults across Canada the skills and confidence they need to reach their potential and contribute to society.

Frontier College plays a key role in helping Canadians who are struggling to build their literacy and numeracy skills. Our programs reach over 31,000 participants annually, and are tailored to the needs of each student and each community we serve.

Frontier College has been a leader in literacy for over 118 years. You can be part of Frontier College's network of volunteers, supporters and partners. Visit Programs Near You for more information about our activities, or to volunteer.

Since 2002, the Scotiabank Giller Light Bash has raised over $700,000 for Frontier College, Canada’s original literacy organization.  These important funds help to train volunteers to deliver vital literacy and learning support to disadvantaged children, youth and adults in locations such as aboriginal communities, women’s shelters, inner-city schools, farms and community housing. For more information on Frontier College visit www.frontiercollege.ca.

Frontier College and Frontier College Foundation are registered charities and are accredited by Imagine Canada. 

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