OCCL is one of 16 Learning Networks of Ontario and has served and supported the adult literacy community since 1984.  We are a non-profit, charitable organization that:

  • helps literacy agencies build capacity to address emerging needs
  • builds partnerships in the community
  • promotes best practices in service delivery
  • coordinates service planning and  project management
  • offers information and referral, outreach and networking
  • provides professional development for literacy practitioners

OCCL is funded by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, memberships, donations and fundraising. The Board of Directors is responsible for ongoing operations. The Local Planning and Coordination Committees (made up of representatives from literacy and basic skills service providers in Ottawa, Renfrew, Lanark and Prescott-Russell) are responsible for literacy service planning for their respective regions.


Client Orientation

  • We place the needs of adult literacy learners foremost in all we do.
  • We consider the accessibility and equity needs of literacy learners and members.
  • We aim for high quality, effective services.


  • We realize we are stronger when we share responsibilities and resources.
  • We understand the benefits of partnering with other networks and community agencies to support the needs of adult literacy learners.

Community Building

  • We foster effective communication and working relationships with funding sources.
  • We facilitate and influence the development of learner-focused and results-oriented community service plans.
  • We support lifelong learning for literacy learners, members, staff and volunteers.
  • We recognize that strength and creativity come from diversity.

Work Ethic

  • We treat all people with dignity and respect.
  • We act with integrity, honesty and compassion.
  • We are accountable for our actions, transparent in our use of resources and clear in our reporting.