To encourage and promote lifelong learning for all ages, life stages and geographic locations of Canadians.
A prosperous Canada enriched with a love of learning - a Learning Canada.
Inclusivity and diversity
Problem-solving through learning
Celebration of learning
Generosity in support of learning
Canada offers an amazing diversity of learning opportunities and Canadians intuitively know that learning is directly connected to a healthy and prosperous Canada. While Canadians understand the positive impact that lifelong learning has on the quality of life of individuals, workplaces and communities, the phrase "lifelong learning" is often mistakenly confused with adult learning and learning for a job rather than as learning for life.
Since education is a provincial responsibility, there are learners all across Canada that are involved in lifelong learning but who do not communicate their successes or ask for advice from others. A growing learning industry in Canada encourages learning providers to compete with each other often to the detriment of the learner, creating learning silos which can confuse learners and increase the cost of learning as well as countering any natural movement of learners through learning opportunities. The lack of money to pay for the increasing costs of learning is often a significant barrier to learners. So while lifelong learning is a framework on which the challenges of Canadian life are met by individuals, communities and organizations, our dream of a Learning Canada is not yet a reality.
We believe that:
The Canadian Learning Trust (CLT) was created in 1998 by the Canadian Link to Lifelong Learning. The Canadian Link was an organization that championed lifelong learning in Canada through a variety of promotional activities, took up responsibilities as the Edmonton Learning Council and hosted the CLT.
The Canadian Link set up the Canadian Learning Trust Fund based on the beliefs that:
The Canadian Learning trust was created to allow for the issuing of official donation receipts for gifts received. The goal of CLT is to provide money to individuals and organizations in need for their learning.
CLT was approved as a charity in late 1999 and was governed by a Board of Trustees who are community volunteers with a special interest in advancing learning opportunities in Canada. The Trustees hold the Trust Fund on trust for the following purposes:
In anticipation of these activities, funding criteria was develop and tested. When the Canadian Link to Lifelong Learning dissolved in late 1999, CLT become unattached and became free standing as a charitable organization.