Your Local Adult Learning Network for Pathway Planning

We are your first stop when it comes to planning and finding the right program for your goals.  The Adult Basic Education Association exists to improve the quality of life in the community of Hamilton through the promotion and support of lifelong learning.  As a learning network, we don’t deliver any programs.  Instead, we help you navigate the various options out there.

Do you need to upgrade your skills to get a job? Or, do you have educational goals and you don’t know where to start?

We can discuss your options and help you develop a plan that is right for you!  There are free adult upgrading programs across the city.

Call us today! 905-527-2222


ABEA’s Response to COVID-19

ABEA is committed to the safety of our clients, community partners and staff.  We are continually monitoring the situation and announcements as they are released.  In the short-term, we will continue to offer free information and referral services by phone/email/video and communicate with community partners by distance.

In line with health organizations recommendations, ABEA will not be hosting/attending any meetings or meeting with clients in person until it is safe to do so.  We will continue to work from home.  We will be innovative to ensure service consistency (for example, by hosting digital meetings) and will continue to explore ways to deliver services during this time.


ABEA Leaders in Literacy Awards – Nominations Open!

The ABEA presents the annual Leaders in Literacy Awards at our annual Leaders in Literacy Breakfast in June.  This year’s event is scheduled for June 11, 2020.  We have cancelled the in-person event but will be hosting an online meeting.

Nominations are now open until April 30th.  Please see the Awards page for more details and for the nomination form.

The Kim Brooks Memorial Lifelong Learning Award – This award is in memory of an outstanding supporter of lifelong learning and a friend of ABEA.  This award is open to anyone 18 years and older, living in the city of Hamilton, or to any agency/business working within Hamilton, who has a long and outstanding commitment to lifelong learning.

The Hamilton Spectator Adult Learner Literacy Award – This award celebrates the achievements of adult learners who exemplify the spirit of lifelong learning.

The Excellence in Adult Teaching Award – This award is given in recognition of outstanding commitment and dedication by a paid teacher/instructor in the field of adult literacy and basic education within Hamilton.

The CIBC World Markets Children’s Foundation Individual Early Literacy Education Award – This award was established in 2006 to recognize excellence by an individual involved in early literacy education (ages 0-6).

The Agency Early Literacy Education Award – This award was established in 2006 to recognize excellence by an agency involved in early literacy education (ages 0-6).


ABEA Receives Grant from Hamilton Community Foundation!

Thank you to the Hamilton Community Foundation!  We have received funding provided by the Giovanni & Grazia Criminisi Literacy Fund and the Edith H. Turner Foundation Fund at Hamilton Community Foundation.  With this grant we will be able to offer free educational planning services to anyone that wouldn’t otherwise have access to them.  To make a referral – click here.  Spots will be available until September 2020.