Frontier College is a registered charity dedicated to improving the lives of children, youth, and adults through literacy. Through a network of volunteers, we work collaboratively with community-based agencies to provide targeted, innovative literacy and numeracy support for individuals throughout Canada.
Frontier College is a national leader in the field of literacy, founded in 1899 on the believe that literacy is a right. We follow the Student-Centered Individualized Learning philosophy, meaning that people are active in deciding what they want to learn. We believe:
- Everyone has a right to learn
- We go where people are, rather than expecting them to come to us
- Every place is a learning place
- We value a tutorial partnership where the learner and tutor respect and learn from each other
- We value the contributions learners, volunteers, and partners make in the learning experience
Our evaluation results strongly indicate that participants in Frontier College programs improve their skills, self-confidence, and engagement in literacy and learning. For us, success is measured by the number of people who participate in our programs, and we have supported more children, youth, and adults in reaching their literacy goals than ever before. That means more kids are developing a love of reading, more youth are making their way to college, and more adults are seeing new opportunities open up in their careers and lives.
Yes, our focus is literacy, but, ultimately, we are working to support people across Canada as they achieve their goals and dreams.
What Our Success Looks Like
2018 - 2019 Year in Numbers Review
Ways to give back at work
Working at Frontier College, you feel the direct impact of your work whether you work in Programs or Administration. We offer many opportunities to volunteer your time at our fundraising events, at our Summer Reading Tents, and at other programs throughout the year.
Frontier College was among the first organizations accredited by Imagine Canada’s Standards Program, based on demonstrated commitment to excellence in board governance, financial accountability and transparency, fundraising, staff management, and volunteer involvement.
Our Office and Work Life
Frontier College offers a vibrant and supportive working environment.
We are honoured to be recognized for our commitment to workplace health and well-being as recipients of the 2019 Employee Recommended Workplace Award, created by the Globe and Mail and Morneau Schepell.
Frontier College is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in the workplace. We encourage applications that reflect the diverse cultures and socio-economic backgrounds we serve at Frontier College. In keeping with our ongoing efforts to promote equity and reflect the diversity of our organization, we encourage applications from Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities. Furthermore, we welcome applications from individuals who self-identify on the basis of any of the protected grounds under the Human Rights Code.
Jared Ross, Instructor Coordinator says:
"Frontier College is a wonderful place to work. Everyone here believes in the power of literacy to change lives, and you can see the effects of your work on the lives of students and communities. The culture of Frontier is keen on new initiatives, personal growth and development and tremendously supportive. "
Gwen Ross, Teacher/Tutor, Whitehorse, Yukon says:
"I love working for an organization with an over a century old tradition of thinking outside the box to empower sustainable change in individuals. I have been teaching Newcomers to Canada for 8 years. In this role I make a positive impact on someone’s life every single day. How many people can say that?"