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Frontier College receives support from a number of special events each year. From an evening of competitive corporate SCRABBLE® on Bay Street, to celebrating Canada’s top authors at the Giller Light Bash, Frontier College hosts many of Canada's premier special events.

You can help make a world of difference by planning your own event! For information about hosting a fundraising event in support of Frontier College, please contact:

Jennifer Chow
416-923-3591 ext. 242
1-800-555-6523 ext. 242

2019 National Forum: Literacy and Civic Engagement


This important forum focused on how civic engagement is vital to our everyday lives, as it is the vehicle through which we are able to change and improve the quality of our society. 

National Research Report Event: Literacy and Essential Skills as a Poverty Reduction Strategy


Frontier College is proud to present the National Research Report on Literacy and Essential Skills as a Poverty Reduction Strategy, prepared by the Social Research and Demonstration Corporation (SRDC).
The report is the culmination of a national study that engaged regional and national literacy associations, poverty reduction organizations, service providers, policy makers, researchers, and individuals involved in literacy and poverty reduction programs across Canada.
Funded by the Government of Canada's National Essential Skills Initiative, the National Research Report will provide strategic recommendations on the future of literacy programs in Canada, and will highlight innovations that are helping to empower and move Canadians out of poverty.

Thursday, March 21
8:30 - 10:00 a.m EST
Library and Archives Canada
Salon B
395 Wellington St, Ottawa

Missed it? You can read the report here and watch a recording of the event launch here.

Frontier College Reading Challenge: Choose Your Summer Adventure


Celebrate the start of the summer with Frontier College! Join the Reading Challenge: Choose Your Summer Adventure and fundraise for literacy. Join either as an individual or as a team to participate and have a chance to win some amazing prizes. You don’t need a passport to travel this summer when a good book will take you anywhere you want to go!  Official launch is June 17 and runs to August 16. Stay tuned for more details.

Giller Light Bash


Celebrate Canadian literature and raise money for Frontier College at the  Giller Light Bash! Now located in seven cities across Canada, Giller Light events are a chance to mingle with other fans of literature while enjoying the suspense of who will win the Scotiabank Giller Prize in honour of excellence in fiction in Canada.

Bram & Bluma Appel Salon, Toronto Reference Library, Toronto

Atlantica Hotel, 1980 Robie St., Halifax

Wurst, 2437 4th St. SW, Calgary

CBC Studio 700, 700 Hamilton St.

Thunder Bay
Sleeping Giant Brewing Company, 712 Macdonell Street

Fairmont Empress Crystal Ballroom, 721 Government Street

Prairie Ink Restaurant, 1120 Grant Ave.

SCRABBLE® Corporate Challenge


The SCRABBLE® Corporate Challenge is a fun-filled evening where Toronto’s Bay Street scores big for literacy. This is an excellent opportunity to entertain key clients, business associates, and valued employees with a rewarding evening of fun and excitement. Players rack up triple word scores to vie for the coveted TMX Cup and the opportunity to open the Toronto Stock Exchange. Since 2005, this unique event has raised over $3.6 million for Frontier College.

Register your team or sponsor today!


2018 National Forum: Literacy and Health



This important forum examined the challenges faced by individuals, employers and communities, and addressed the role of literacy in improving health. The forum was held in Winnipeg at the Radisson Hotel Downtown Winnipeg and webcast live to satellite conferences in cities across Canada:

Halifax     Toronto    Saskatoon   Edmonton    Vancouver    Whitehorse  
Thunder Bay

Click here to watch the recorded webcast.

Moderated by Dave Angus, VP, Chamber Relations at Johnston Group, and featuring panelists:

Stephen Faul
President & CEO, Frontier College

Alika Lafontaine
Medical Lead for Aboriginal Health Program (North Zone), Alberta Health Services

Zahra Al Moussa
Arabic teacher and journalist

André Picard
Health columnist at The Globe and Mail

Denise Widmeyer
Leader, Manitoba Institute for Patient Safety

Webinar Invitation: The Health and Social Dimensions of Adult Skills in Canada
Webinar Invitation: Dimensions sociales et sanitaires des compétences des adultes au Canada

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PGI Bonspiel for Literacy


The idea to use curling to raise funds for Frontier College came originally from award-winning Canadian broadcaster and journalist Peter Gzowski over 30 years ago. It has evolved into the Peter Gzowski Invitational (PGI), a national series of locally produced events featuring musicians, media and literacy celebrities. In Ontario, the annual PGI Bonspiel for Literacy is a chance for novice and expert curlers to meet championship curlers Ryan Fry, Mike Harris and Paul Savage, and hurry hard for literacy!


SCRABBLE® Alumni, Friends & Family Challenge


Turn family game night, a birthday party or a rainy day activity with friends into a chance to support Frontier College. SCRABBLE® enthusiasts across Canada invite friends, family and neighbours to a friendly game of seven-letter words and triple-letter scores, then ask them to make a donation to Frontier College.

Register online today!

Create a Personal Fundraising Page


Thinking of hosting an event or looking for an opportunity to fundraise in support of Frontier College?  Community support is vital to our efforts to reach those who want to read and learn, whatever their age, their background or location.

There are many ways you can help and make an impact on communities across the country.
Create a personal fundraising page to invite your friends, family and colleagues to support you and your fundraising goal!

• Ask for donations instead of gifts for your birthday
• Celebrate a milestone anniversary or graduation by asking your loved ones to donate
• Create a community event, such as a Read-a-Thon or Book Sale
• Ask for donations in honour of your volunteer experience with Frontier College
• Already participating in a community event? Create your own fundraising page to ask for pledges and donations.

Share your very own personal story of why you believe in Frontier College, and you can inspire others to help improve literacy rates in Canada.

Create your personal fundraising page online today.

For more information, contact

2017 National Forum: Literacy and Poverty


Frontier College's national forum will examine the role of literacy in poverty reduction strategies across Canada. Featuring a panel of thought leaders, this important forum will examine the challenges faced by individuals, employers, and communities, and address the role of literacy in alleviating poverty. The forum will be webcast live to satellite conferences in Whitehorse, Vancouver, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Toronto, London, Montreal, and Halifax.

View webcast here. 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Radisson Hotel Winnipeg
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. CST


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