May 10, 2016

Call for Nominations for the 2016 Council of the Federation Literacy Award

Saskatchewan residents aged 18 and above are invited to nominate a community organization that has demonstrated outstanding leadership in community literacy service for the 2016 Council of the Federation Literacy Award.

The award, created by Canada’s Premiers in 2004, recognizes outstanding literacy achievement, innovative practices and excellence in each of Canada’s provinces and territories.

“Literacy is a key issue for Canadians and it is important for us as a country to continue to recognize individuals and organizations that show leadership in promoting community literacy,” Premier Brad Wall said.  “Increasing the literacy levels of Saskatchewan citizens is vital to building a better quality of life for everyone.”

Each province or territory sets its own criteria to reflect jurisdictional priorities, and is responsible for selecting an award recipient annually.  In Saskatchewan, the award has traditionally recognized individuals who have accomplished exceptional literacy achievements as learners, volunteers, educators or community leaders.

In 2015, the award acknowledged an organization in Saskatchewan demonstrating excellence in community literacy leadership and service.  The first organization to receive this award, READ Saskatoon Inc., was recognized for providing more than 35 years of innovative adult, family and workplace literacy programming to families in Saskatoon.

In 2016, the award will again be presented to a community organization selected by an external review panel.  The recipient will be honoured at a presentation ceremony at the legislature in the fall.  This year’s nomination deadline is June 3, 2016.

To nominate a community organization of your choice or to see a list of previous award recipients, visit

For more information about the Council of the Federation, visit