About CCL

CCL's imminent closure

As announced in the fall of 2011, CCL will close its doors permanently in the spring of 2012.

CCL deeply appreciates all the support it has received from employees, volunteers and stakeholders since its inception in 2004 and extends heartfelt thanks to all those who have contributed to its success. 

What We Do

Asking questions is the basis of learning—and at the Canadian Council on Learning we ask a lot of questions. Like what works and what doesn’t work in improving adult literacy? What are the keys to early childhood learning? How can we use education to improve the health of Canadians?

Our job is to provide Canadians with the most current information about effective approaches to learning for learners, educators, employers and policy-makers.

Our activities span the entire spectrum of lifelong learning through all stages of life (child, youth and adult), in many settings (home, classroom, community and workplace), and in different forms, from structured learning to self-directed learning and learning by doing. Our scope is also inclusive. We recognize the diverse cultures and circumstances of Canada’s population, and the variety of learning settings and situations.

Our Focus

Our work is focussed on three key areas:

  • Research and knowledge mobilization
  • Monitoring and reporting on progress in learning
  • Exchange of knowledge about effective learning practices among learning stakeholders

Our Activities

To support lifelong learning in Canada we:

  • Work with provincial and territorial governments and NGOs to establish networks, identify research priorities and support the exchange of knowledge related to structured learning.
  • Perform and commission research on learning-related topics. Funding for research projects is awarded on a competitive basis and all proposals are peer-reviewed and tested for relevance, accessibility, scalability and collaboration.
  • Develop the Composite Learning Index to measure Canada’s performance in lifelong learning.
  • Support knowledge exchange activities such as conferences, forums, expositions and roundtables. 
  • Develop new networks for the exchange of information, best practices and success stories.
  • Partner with other organizations to pursue strategic learning initiatives of mutual interest.
  • Publish annual reports on various learning  themes, as well as more regular reports.
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