In view of the extension of the stay at home order, Program Read will be closed to in person service delivery until the order is lifted. If you are interested in working with us virtually, you are invited to contact us at 7059463593 or email or

We look forward to serving you in person in the near future. Stay well, stay safe.

Important…please read.

As part of the ongoing efforts to manage the spread of COVID-19, our offices will be closed as part of the most recent lockdown, until January 11th, 2021. This measure is proactive and in support of the Government’s efforts to keep our populations healthy and safe. No staff member nor any learner has exhibited any symptoms of illness. Updates will be provided as information becomes available.

Update on ongoing closure and service interruption–PLEASE READ

As we continue to work through these challenging times, we want to keep everyone up to date on the choices we are making to support efforts around managing the spread of COVID-19.

We, at Program Read, take the health and well being of our staff, learners and our community very seriously. In this spirit, we will continue to cooperate with the government, school boards, and health officials to make informed choices based on what is known.

As a result, we will remain closed to the public beyond the original date of April 6th. We will make every effort to keep you informed of our status and look forward to getting back to supporting our learners, current and new, in reaching goals.

Heidi, Wendy, Norma, and Pat

Unscheduled closure– PLEASE READ

In collaboration with the Ontario Government’s decision to close the schools for 2 weeks post March Break, Program Read will be closed to the public starting at 4:30pm today, Friday, March 13th, 2020 until Monday, April 6th, 2020 at 9am.

Please consider this closure as a proactive measure to support efforts around managing the spread of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19).  No learner or staff member has experienced any illness or shown any symptoms whatsoever.

We advise everyone to temper their concerns in these challenging times with information and to resist the urge to panic.

We will see you in April– 

Seeking Volunteer Members for our Board of Directors


Passionate about being a part of creating positive change in our community?

If you are committed to supporting others in achieving goals and strengthening our labour force, Program Read would welcome your application to take part in an important and rewarding experience in our city.

Program Read is seeking two dynamic and motivated volunteers for two positions on our Board of Directors.  We are accepting applications for the roles of Secretary as well as Member at Large.  Experience in recording minutes or recent experience in managing various administrative functions would be considered an asset in applying for the role of Secretary.  Regular Board meetings are held 4 times per year, plus an Annual General Meeting.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Board, please pick up a Nomination Form from (and return to):

Heidi Ivany

Executive Director

Program Read

123 March Street, Suite 15, Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6A 2Z5

For further information, please call:

(705) 946-3953

Program Read is a community-based adult literacy agency in Sault Ste. Marie.  It provides reading, writing, math, and basic computer skills tutoring and workshops to learners.

This Employment Ontario service is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario and through the Canada-Ontario Job Fund Agreement.

Annual General Meeting 2018

Program Read’s 2018 Annual General Meeting will feature guest speaker Sarah McComb. This is a chance to come out and meet the board members, volunteer tutors, and staff who work together to provide help with reading, writing, math and computers to adult learners in Sault Ste. Marie. All are welcome!

In the spotlight: Sarah McComb
Sarah is a writer from Sault Ste. Marie who recently had a short story included in a new anthology of non-fiction short stories about life in Northern Ontario.

In an article dated Feb 20, 2018, James Hopkin writes: “McComb says that her contribution to the anthology is ‘firmly rooted in Sault Ste. Marie.’ Her grandfather, along with a business partner, started up the New Toronto Hotel in the city’s west end in the 1930s. The establishment was located on the corner of James Street and Cathcart, next to Spadoni’s Furniture.”

You can read the full article here:

To listen to a CBC North radio interview with Sarah go here:

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