The Westcoast Reader is a newspaper for adults who are improving their English reading skills. The newspaper is published from September to June by Decoda Literacy Solutions and Camosun College with assistance from the B.C. Ministry of Advanced Education and Pacific Newspaper Group, publishers of The Province and The Vancouver Sun.

For inquiries about student submissions
or subscriptions to our print edition,
please email us:
  [email protected]


Mailing address:
The Westcoast Reader
c/o Decoda Literacy Solutions
980 – 1125 Howe St
Vancouver, BC V6Z 2K8
Phone:  (604) 681-4199


The Westcoast Reader (The WCR) is an award-winning newspaper that has served
the needs of adult learners for over 35 years. The Ministry of Advanced Education considers the newspaper to be an introduction to Canadian daily newspapers, as well as an orientation for immigrants to aspects of Canadian life and culture.


Each month the editor adapts local, national and international news stories from news sources including The Vancouver Sun and The Province for beginning readers of English. The editor also writes her own content for special feature articles.

Our friends 

The Vancouver SunThe ProvinceThe North Shore NewsThe Vancouver Courier,
The Georgia Straight, and The Westender

The publication serves over 300 communities in British Columbia, and it has a growing readership of 100,000. Readers (instructors and learners) of all ages and backgrounds recently surveyed include, but are not limited to, the following categories: ESL and Literacy groups; First Nations learners; elementary and secondary school students; multicultural senior groups; inmates in prison; adults with disabilities such as autism; and patients with strokes and brain injuries.


Here’s what some other people are saying:

“This newspaper for adult learners is awesome. It is visually appealing: colour photos, traditional newspaper format, unintimidating short articles in large print, lots of white space, and attractive graphics. As a librarian, I recommend it to adult learners (especially ESL) and tutors all the time and I see many customers picking up copies to take home. (The Westcoast Reader is distributed freely to libraries.)
It’s wonderful to have a resource that is relevant to people in BC with articles about current events, entertainment, and items of general interest (safety, feature stories, and helpful hints for everyday life).
I always look forward to a new issue because I read it from front to back myself!”
Exemplary Literacy Materials Online (ELMO) Review, Literacy B.C.


“I just received the April issue of The Westcoast Reader and I felt compelled to congratulate you on the great job.  The range of topics is terrific – there is something of interest to everyone. The articles are so nicely presented and the topics are great springboards for classroom discussion or projects.  As well as being useful in the classroom, the presentation and information makes the paper appealing to the individual learner.  People who come into my office like to pick them up and they often ask specifically if I will copy the Teacher’s Notes for them as they like to do the tasks!
Thanks for the great work.  This should be available to a wider audience of learners – like those in other provinces who don’t have a resource like this.”
Diane, Desrosiers, Outreach Settlement Worker

“Just wanted to drop you a note to say what a great job you are doing with
The Westcoast Reader….I think you have made the paper more useful and more relevant. Great job….I can see the dedication you apply to The Westcoast Reader
and it shows in every issue.”
Terry Peters, Managing Editor of the North Shore News

“It would be great if teachers could direct students to your site to download a full PDF of the publication for at-home reading. Sometimes teachers are unwilling to part with their class copies for fear that they might not come back! (The extras on your site are a nice bonus – videos, audio and related links.)”
Gordon Powell, Coordinator of Library & Information Services,
Richmond School District

“….I was curious as to how the new Westcoast Reader would measure up to past issues and their content. Indeed, these new issues are full of a variety of content that appeal to a broad and varied audience. The graphic art and photographic content is part of the visual hook that would draw readers in quickly and with great curiosity. I found these first three issues (September, October and November) refreshing, bold and reflective of the interests that surround young people in their regular lives today.
The choice of articles captured my own interest easily and translates well to the interests of adults and students who have not always found that print engages them. These are students whose own language may differ greatly from the expected norm and/or whose school experiences with literacy may have carried negative overtones. The Westcoast Reader offers an opportunity to capture these students’ imagination and could well be the connection to a broader interest for increased literacy….”
Peg Klesner, Past Consultant for the Native Education Branch,
B.C. Ministry of Education and 
Author of Language Arts for Native Students

“Many of my Elders look forward to and read the newspaper with interest.
I have kept a copy of each one and the teachers’ notes that accompany it.
It always can fit into a lesson plan and can be used for years.”
WCR Satisfaction Survey feedback

“I think a big part of what we’re doing is to help students find their voice
and use their reading skills  to become good citizens – to be part of the conversation.
This newspaper helps with this big important goal.
Thanks to the Westcoast Reader for providing us with this great resource
and for the reminder to participate….”
WCR Satisfaction Survey feedback