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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
Donna Jean Forster-Gill - executive director
Shari Worsfold, board president

Atlantic Region

Canadian Institute of Reading Recovery Atlantic Region
Cavalier Drive School
116 Cavalier Dr.
Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia B4C 3L9
Phone: 902-864-7574
Fax: 902-864-6727
Yvette Heffernan, trainer

Western Region

Canadian Institute of Reading Recovery Mountain Pacific Region
307-1181 Portage Ave
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3G OT3
Phone: 204-945-4687

Allyson Matczuk, trainer

Jennifer Flight, trainer

Mountain Pacific Region

Canadian Institute of Reading Recovery Mountain Pacific Region
c/o Vancouver Board of Education Learning Services Division
1580 West Broadway
Vancouver, British Columbia V6J 5K8
Phone: 604-713-5238
Christine Fraser, trainer

Central Region

Canadian Institute of Reading Recovery Central Region


International connections


Map of Canadian provincesRegions serve Canada

As Reading Recovery expanded across Canada it became necessary to create regions. Under the umbrella of the Canadian Institute of Reading Recovery (CIRR), the country has been divided into the Atlantic, Central, Western, and Mountain Pacific regions.

The trainers at these regions support the implementation of Reading Recovery in boards and districts across their region through the training and ongoing professional development of teachers and teacher leaders, teaching children, and working with administrators to strengthen the implementation. Regions are responsible for collecting and analyzing data for their region and submitting it annually to the CIRR.

Atlantic Region

The Atlantic Region, located in Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia, supports the training of teacher leaders and the implementation of Reading Recovery in the Atlantic provinces. Presently, Reading Recovery is being implemented in Prince Edward Island. In addition to providing training and ongoing support to teacher leaders, trainers consult with administrators in order to strengthen the implementations in both official languages.

Central Region

The Central Region, located in Thornhill, Ontario, supports the implementation of Reading Recovery in school districts across the province of Ontario. Reading Recovery is implemented in Bruce Grey Catholic, Dufferin Peel Catholic, Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic, Huron Superior Catholic, Kawartha Pine Ridge, Rainy River, Simcoe Muskoka Catholic, Toronto, and York Region.
As part of a comprehensive approach to literacy learning for all children, Reading Recovery teachers work collaboratively with classroom and special education teachers to provide early literacy intervention. 

Teachers, employed by one of these school districts, can take a year-long Reading Recovery certification course at a training site within the board of education concurrent with a Reading Recovery assignment. Teacher leader candidates undertake a year-long certificate course of study at the Central Region's Charlton Training Centre.

Western Region

The Western Region is located in Winnipeg, Manitoba and works in partnership with Manitoba Education and Advanced Learning. Trainers provide training and support to Reading Recovery teacher leaders throughout Manitoba. Training centres are located in the Winnipeg, River East Transcona, St. James-Assiniboia, Lord Selkirk, Brandon, and Mountain View school divisions. In the 2014–2015 school year, the Peguis First Nation will open the newest training centre in the province. Reading Recovery is implemented in English throughout the region, and some school divisions have implemented Intervention préventive en lecture-écriture (IPLÉ)  in French immersion schools.

Mountain Pacific Region

The Mountain Pacific Region is located in Vancouver, British Columbia. The trainer in this division is responsible for training and supporting teacher leaders and teachers in the implementation of Reading Recovery/Intervention préventive en lecture-écriture (IPLÉ) in the provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, and the Yukon Territory. Districts that presently implement Reading Recovery include Burnaby, Cariboo-Chilcotin, Edmonton Public, Grande Prairie, Langley, Peace River North, Peace River South, Saanich, Sooke, Vancouver, Victoria, and Yukon Territory. IPLÉ is being implemented in Vancouver for French immersion students. Burnaby, Grande Prairie, Sooke, and Victoria School Districts are piloting IPLÉ with their French immersion students.