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Library Hours

  • Monday 10am - 5pm
  • Tuesday to Thursday 10am - 8pm
  • Friday 10am - 5pm
  • Saturday 10am - 4pm
  • The Library is closed on Sundays
    and statutory holidays
  • 1505 Bay Ave
  • Trail, BC V1R 4B2
  • Phone: (250) 364-1731
  • Email:

Essential Skills Services

Essential skills are a foundation for learning and can help you evolve with your job and adapt to workplace change. They are needed for work, learning and life. There are several local providers of essential skills services, including the Ashland Training Centre, Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy, and The Skills Centre, as well as Decoda Literacy Solutions.

Are you aware that the library offers free access to computers and the Internet? Also, through the Pacific Community Networks Association Community Access Program Youth Internship, the library offers free computer training and support by request.

Do you have questions about available skills upgrading services in Trail?

Service Provider Website Contact Person Phone / Email Location
Ashland Training Centre Visit Website Stephanie Allen - Programs Manager/ Facilitator 250-365-0966 / Suite #140, 8100 Rock Island Highway (Waneta Plaza) Trail
Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy Visit Website Sonia Tavares, Coordinator 250-921-7289 Selkirk College Room 205, 900 Helena St., Trail
Decoda Literacy Solutions Visit Website Decoda Literacy Solutions 604-681-4199 / 560 - 510 Burrard St., Vancouver
The Skills Centre Visit Website Sheryl Gnyp, Workshop Coordinator/Employment Counsellor 250-368-6360 / 123 - 1290 Esplanade St., Trail


Ashland Training Centre Essential Skills Services

Are you looking for a job?

Visit the Ashland Training Centre computer centre for access to computers ($10 per day), Microsoft Office, and the Internet, or to take an Introduction to Computers course for $65 or a Microsoft Office course for $242.

Are you 18 or over, unemployed, and not a student?

Through the Work Opportunities Referral and Connections program, you will obtain an assessment, skills development, funds for training, training, income support, and work experience.

Are you between 55 and 64, and unemployed?

Through the Opportunities for Mature Workers program, you will obtain a learning assessment, skills upgrading, funds for training, training, work experience, or assistance to become self-employed.

Are you under-employed, self-employed, or unemployed?

Visit the Ashland Training Centre for information about the Short Term Trades Training program.

Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy Essential Skills Services

The Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy (CBAL) is a not-for-profit organization formed in 2001 to promote literacy and lifelong learning throughout the Columbia Basin and Boundary regions. CBAL partners with community organizations to develop, promote, and deliver services to help citizens of all ages improve their literacy skills and engage in life-long learning. For information about CBAL programs, please visit their website or call them at 250-921-7289.

Do you need to upgrade your reading, math, or other essential skills?

Visit the Community Learning Place to get one-on-one help with

  • Basic computers,
  • Reading and writing,
  • Math,
  • English,
  • Test preparation (for example, a driver’s licence), or
  • Citizenship and finding out about the community.

Decoda Literacy Solutions Services

Decoda Literacy Solutions is the leading literacy organization (working with a coordinated network) in British Columbia. Decoda provides resources (through its website, library and online shop) and professional development opportunities to identify and address community-based literacy and learning priorities.

Are you a literacy instructor, tutor, learner, researcher, community worker, or anyone interested in literacy?

Visit to

  • Access our lending library to search the catalogue, read reviews of literacy materials, or get reference help,
  • Shop for texts, CDs and other literacy resources available for sale, or
  • Learn about the literacy conference bringing together literacy outreach coordinators, literacy practitioners, and others working in and interested in the field of literacy, workshops, and expert panels

The Skills Centre Essential Skills Services

Are you a job seeker 16 years or older unemployed or working less than 19 hours per week?

Obtain one-to-one appointments with Career Counsellors for assessment of skills, career planning, job application help, job search, interview help, and referrals to training opportunities and service providers.

Are you an immigrant?

To learn about Skills Connect for immigrants, for assistance with skills assessment, career counselling, job seeking skills, introduction to workplace culture, training funds, and assistance with certification and networking, contact Karina at 250‐368‐6360, 866‐368‐6360, or Skills Connect is for clients who may not have high-school-level education or work experience, as well as those with higher levels of education and experience. Whether you have skills and experience already, or need to acquire skills before seeking employment, Karina looks forward to helping you. For more information, visit

Are you a business or organization looking to improve the essential skills of your employees?

Funds are provided through the Targeted Skills Shortage program for employees to take appropriate training with the assistance of a training coordinator.

Are you an employer looking to hire?

The Wage Subsidy program helps employers with costs incurred during the training period for new employees and individuals who could benefit from on-the-job experience. It helps offset the cost of hiring a new employee by covering up to 50% of wage costs while a new worker is being trained. It can also be tailored to help an employer accommodate a worker with a disability. For more information, visit

Are you a employer with new immigrant employees?

The Welcoming Communities program helps employers integrate new immigrants into the workplace by facilitating workshops as well as one-on-one instruction. For more information, visit

Are you a Teck employee or family?

The Teck Learning and Wellness Centre encourages Teck employees to be life-long learners. They provide a variety of courses from photography to hunter training. Teck believes that as long as you are learning, you are growing and will support you in that growth. On behalf of Teck (Trail Operations), The Skills Centre manages the Teck Learning and Wellness Centre. For more information, contact Megan Olson at 250-364-4135 or, or visit


Community Learning Place

Visit the Community Learning Place at Selkirk College to upgrade your essential skills. Essential Skills refers to the nine literacy and essential skills needed for work, learning, and life identified by the Government of Canada's Human Resources Skills Development Canada (HRSDC), including:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Document use
  • Numeracy
  • Computer use
  • Thinking
  • Oral communication
  • Working with others
  • Continuous learning

For more information about essential skills, visit the HRSCD's Literacy and Essential Skills site.

The Community Learning Place is a free drop-in program. For more information, call 250-364-6405 or 250-368-5236.


Settlement Services

Are you new to Canada? Do you know someone who is?

The Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy is offering settlement services to newcomers. This project is supported by the Government of Canada and the Province of BC and has a number of regional and local partners. The goal of the project is to provide eligible newcomers with information about community services and programs during the settlement process. also directs newcomers and the community to information about Trail and area.

What kind of settlement services are offered?

The Settlement Worker will provide:

  • Information individually or in small groups about the community, housing, banking, shopping, transportation, daycare and schools, volunteer and mentoring programs
  • Information about services such as employment, language training, health services and other information about life in Canada
  • Referrals

Who can access these services?

Those eligible for these services include permanent residents (or have letter of approval), live-in caretakers, new Canadian citizens, refugees, or those in the Provincial Nominee program.

How do you contact the Settlement Worker?

Emily Kandborg, settlement worker for Trail and area

What is the cost?

These services are FREE to all eligible clients. All clients will need to provide proof of citizenship or immigration status.

Where can you find information about the community and the programs and services available?

Please visit for specific information about programs, services and other information for Trail and area. As well, offers information about programs for adults and families, including language training and literacy programs.


After School Book Adventures

After School Book Adventures is delivered at Webster Elementary School in partnership with the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy.

For children ages 7-9, this program aims to promote children’s cognitive, linguistic, and social-emotional development and increase interest in learning. It has components of teamwork and constructional thinking.

Each theme-based session incorporates a story and shared reading, one or more activities, and a craft.

Session Format

  1. Welcome
  2. Snack time
  3. Participate in group activities
  4. Tell stories and listen while children retell stories
  5. Experiment with paint, markers, clay, dough, and collage materials


  • Thursdays
  • 2:30 - 4 p.m.
  • This program will begin again in September 2013

Home Library Service

The Home Library Service is a convenient way for library members who may have difficulty leaving their homes to borrow books and other library items. Our Friends of the Library provide this free monthly service to residents of Trail and Warfield who are homebound for at least 90 days due to age, illness or disability.

How do I register for Home Library Service?

Library members may register for the HLS using either of the following methods:

You can email, mail, fax or drop-off your completed registration form.

How does the Home Library Service Work?

After registration, the Coordinator will contact you to discuss your needs and interests. When you request library materials, a volunteer will deliver them to your door and return them back to the library.

What resources can I borrow?

You can always access our online catalogue to view materials, such as:

  • Specific titles
  • Fiction and non-fiction items
  • Regular or large-size print books
  • Magazines
  • Audio books on CD
  • Music on CD
  • Movies, TV series and documentaries on DVD

When does delivery and pick-up happen?

Volunteers will deliver and pickup materials on the first Wednesday of each month between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Do I have to be home to receive a delivery?

Someone will need to be home to answer the door. If you are unable to be home for delivery, please call the Library to make alternate arrangements 250-364-1731 prior to the delivery date.

Read our Policy on the Home Library Service.