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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



CIRR Reports

 CIRR National Data Summary 2015-16

CIRR National Implementation Data 2015-2016




Reading Recovery in Canada

Reading Recovery in Canada operates under the Canadian Institute of Reading Recovery (CIRR) on three levels: schools, districts, and regions. 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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Four regions are responsible for Reading Recovery across Canada: the Atlantic Region in Nova Scotia; the Central Region in Thornill, Ontario; the Western Region in Winnipeg, Manitoba; and the Mountain Pacific Region in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Each region 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 Region was established in Manitoba. This was followed in 2003 by the establishment of the Atlantic Region. In 2005, the Central Region was established in Ontario, followed by the Mountain Pacific Region in 2009. These regions work in collaboration with the CIRR according to its standards and guidelines for Reading Recovery in Canada.

These regions work in collaboration with the CIRR under the Standards and Guidelines formulated by the CIRR Board of Directors.
Link to regional 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 French first language and/or 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