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Metro Toronto Movement for Literacy



Established in 1978, the Metro Toronto Movement for Literacy (MTML) is a membership-based non-profit organization working to advance the issue of adult literacy.  MTML is one of 16 regional networks in Ontario that supports and promotes the work of adult literacy and skills upgrading programs. With funding support through Employment Ontario and the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development, MTML works with over 40 Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS) agencies operating at over 100 locations in the City of Toronto and York Region. We collaborate with programs and people to share knowledge, build awareness and promote the lifelong learning needed to fully participate in today’s society.



Public Education

We provide public education, and work to raise awareness about the importance of literacy issues with the public and with our partners.

Information and Referral

Through our Literacy Access Network online program database and phone hotline, we provide program information, guidance and direction to individuals who are looking for a program to help improve their skills.

Professional Development

We provide support, training and resources to the Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS) programs we work with. Workshops, seminars, forums and resource materials are shared with our network to help improve the delivery of effective LBS programs in Toronto and York Region.

Community Planning

We collaborate with literacy service providers in the region to coordinate services and achieve common standards on assessment and practice so that the needs of adult learners are properly addressed. A top priority is to ensure that people with literacy and skills upgrading needs are aware of and have access to the programs they need.

Each year, with the participation of all Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS) programs in Toronto and York Region, MTML develops an Annual Literacy Service Plan. This work is supported by our primary funder, the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development. With profiles and statistics from each LBS program, the Literacy Service Plan informs solutions to literacy and basic skills programming needs in the region.

Research & Development

We develop, deliver and collaborate with other service providers on a number of literacy research and development projects that help inform the field and support the ongoing development of effective and innovative programs.

Communications and Collaboration

We provide a communications hub and community for Literacy and Basic Skills providers and our other partners, including the Ontario government, other literacy networks, employment centres, social service agencies and community organizations that work with adults who may benefit from LBS programs. This involves facilitating working groups, building relationships, and sharing information that will help everyone better serve learners and clients in the region.