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Contact information for Canadian centers



Canadian Institute of Reading Recovery (CIRR)
202 - 10 Morrow Ave.
Toronto, Ontario M6R 2J1
Phone: 416-908-7711


416-489-1713 - fax
Susan Burroughs, executive director
Irene Huggins, board president


Manitoba First Nations ERC
Unit 2 - 1100 Waverley St.
Winnipeg, MB R3T 3X9
Phone: 204-594-1290
Yvette Heffernan, trainer


CIRR Central Division
Charlton Public School
121 Joseph Aaron Blvd.
Thornhill, Ontario L4J 6J5
Phone: 905-738-5497
Janice Van Dyke, trainer


CIRR Western Division
307 - 1181 Portage Ave.
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3G 0T3
Phone: 204-945-4687
Fax: 204-948-3668
Allyson Matczuk, trainer

Mountain Pacific

CIRR Mountain Pacific Division
Phone: 416-538-1650



CIRR Reports

CIRR Summary of Progress - 2012-2013

CIRR National Implementation Data - 2012-2013

 CIRR National Implementation Data - 2013-2014



Reading Recovery in Canada

Reading Recovery in Canada operates under the Canadian Institute of Reading Recovery (CIRR) on three levels: schools, districts, and regional divisions. The CIRR oversees and supports the operations of Reading Recovery, including training, ongoing professional development, and upholding the standards and guidelines.
Learn more
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Regional Divisions

Four regional divisions are responsible for Reading Recovery across Canada: the Atlantic Division in Nova Scotia; the Central Division in Thornill, Ontario; the Western Division in Winnipeg, Manitoba; and the Mountain Pacific Division in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Each division is responsible for providing the year-long training of teacher leaders, offering ongoing professional development to teachers and teacher leaders, overseeing the work in teacher training centres and schools and working with district administrators in the analysis of data in order to strengthen implementation.
Link to regional divisions map and contact information


First introduced in the provinces of Ontario and Nova Scotia in 1988, Reading Recovery expanded across Canada and is now implemented in 5 provinces and in the Yukon Territory. 

In 1992, Dame Marie Clay, originator of Reading Recovery, granted the Canadian Institute of Reading Recovery (CIRR) the right to register the royalty-free trademark for the term Reading Recovery in Canada. The CIRR was formally opened in 1993 at the University of Toronto through a partnership with Scarborough Board of Education and the university faculty. Prior to this time, Canadian teacher leaders trained at the National Reading Recovery Centre in New Zealand or at The Ohio State University in the United States.

In 1995, the Canadian Institute of Reading Recovery Western Division was established in Manitoba. This was followed in 2003 by the establishment of the Atlantic Division. In 2005, the Central Division was established in Ontario, followed by the Mountain Pacific Division in 2009. These divisions work in collaboration with the CIRR according to its standards and guidelines for Reading Recovery in Canada.

These divisions work in collaboration with the CIRR under the Standards and Guidelines formulated by the CIRR Board of Directors.
Link to regional divisions map and contact information

French Development in Canada

Canada is a nation of two official languages, English and French. Therefore, it was critical that Reading Recovery be made available to Francophone and French immersion students. 

The first phase was the adaptation of An Observation Survey of Early Literacy Achievement, which resulted in the publication of Le sondage d’observation en lecture-écriture. A bilingual trainer supports the implementaton of Intervention préventive en lecture-écriture for Francophone and French immersion students in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Manitoba, Alberta, and British Columbia. Contact Yvette Heffernan.

Standards and Guidelines for Reading Recovery in Canada

The importance of the Standards and Guidelines lies in their underlying rationales, which are understood and applied by trainers, teacher leaders, and liaison administrators at each site.

Standards are deemed essential for assuring both quality services to children and successful implementation. They are the foundation upon which Reading Recovery is built. These are the musts that research and practice throughout the world have proven to be the essentials for successful implementation.

Guidelines have been shown to significantly support program effectiveness and represent the means to achieving successful implementation. Canadian guidelines were written in collaboration with Reading Recovery teachers, teacher leaders, trainers, and liaison administrators throughout Canada, the United States, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. They are intended to be informative to the cadre of personnel who are responsible for the establishment and maintenance of effective Reading Recovery sites.

All Reading Recovery centres that annually meet the requirements set forth in the Standards and Guidelines for Reading Recovery in Canada, including making application to the Canadian Institute of Reading Recovery, are granted a 1-year royalty-free license annually to use the term Reading Recovery.
Standards and Guidelines of Reading Recovery in Canada

National Data

Ongoing research and evaluation are essential in Reading Recovery's success. The Canadian trainer team, in collaboration with the Canadian Institute of Reading Recovery (CIRR), has collected and analyzed outcome and implementation data in Canada since 1995. Since that time, nearly 200,000 children have received Reading Recovery lessons in Canada.

CIRR Summary of Progress - 2012–2013
CIRR National Implementation Data - 2012–2013
CIRR National Implementation Data - 2013-2014


A National Reading Recovery/Early Literacy Conference is held every year in Toronto, Ontario. 
Link to Regional and International Reading Recovery Conferences

Marie M. Clay Canadian Memorial Fund

Canada has established a Marie M. Clay Canadian Memorial Fund to further the expansion of Reading Recovery in Canada through training, research, and advocacy. Each year an event is held to honor of the work of Marie Clay and to raise funds to support training and research of Reading Recovery in Canada. Tax receipts will be issued for any donation to this fund.

Donations supporting the Marie M. Clay Canadian Memorial Fund should be made payable to:
Canadian Institute of Reading Recovery
10 Morrow Avenue, Suite 202
Toronto, ON  M6R 2J1

Visit the CIRR website and click the Donate Now through CanadaHelps.org icon