B.C. reinstates literacy funding

Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Katzie Literacy Committee had its funding drop from $30,000 to just $13,000

The province has reinstated most of the funding it cut from literacy groups around the province.

Last week, Elaine Yamamoto said that several local literacy initiatives were endangered, after Victoria cut $2.5 million for literacy coordination funding down to $1 million.

There were 102 literacy groups around the province affected, including the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Katzie Literacy Committee.

Locally, the funding dropped to $13,000 from $30,000.

Yamamoto explained that the amount is important as it is seed money to help her group secure other funding sources, in-kind services, and volunteer tutors.

Later in the week, the government announced the cut would not be as deep – from $2.5 million to $2 million this year.

“We are very happy that Decoda has been given an extra $1 million, but are still unsure of what that means to our funding at this point,” said Yamamoto.

“It is difficult to operate and plan valuable and vital literacy work in our community in an environment of uncertainty, without secure or stable funding.”

Brenda Le Clair, the CEO of Decoda Literacy Solutions, said in a letter to the groups that funding for the 2014-2015 budget is uncertain.

“We continue to ask government to support the Legislative Select Standing Committee recommendation to provide $2.5 million annually for community literacy work,” she said.