Your Local Adult Learning Network for Pathway Planning

We’re your first stop when it comes to planning and finding the right program for your goals.

Our mission – People in Hamilton will have a better quality of life through 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

Or check out our Contact page for more options.

Leaders in Literacy Awards – Nominations Now Open!

The ABEA presents the annual Leaders in Literacy Awards at our annual Leaders in Literacy Breakfast in June.  Save the date!  This year’s event will be Friday, June 9th (8:30-10:30 am).

Award nominations are now open until April 15th!


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 and has been

  • involved in lifelong learning as a participant, or
  • a driving force of lifelong learning programs in the workplace, or
  • the driving force of lifelong learning programs for the public

The Hamilton Spectator Adult Literacy Learner Award – nominated by Literacy and Basic Skills programs

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 Murphy Investment Group 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 (sponsored by friends of ABEA)

This award was established in 2006 to recognize excellence by an agency involved in early literacy education (ages 0-6).

This Employment Ontario program is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.