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Canadian Network of International Reading Association Councils (CNIRAC) is a non-profit organization that connects the Provincial Associations, local reading councils, special interest councils and groups of the International Reading Association in Canada. The purpose CNIRAC is to provide communication and serve as a forum for discussion on Canadian literacy issues.


International Reading Association

Since 1956, IRA has been a nonprofit, global network of individuals and institutions committed to worldwide literacy.  More than 70,000 members strong, the Association supports literacy professionals through a wide range of resources, advocacy efforts, volunteerism, and professional development activities.  Our members promote high levels of literacy for all by:

  • Improving the quality of reading instruction
  • Disseminating research and information about reading
  • Encouraging the lifetime reading habit

Local Councils and Affiliates


Nominations for the CNIRAC Service Award are being accepted! Deadline for nominations are November 1, 2014. Details on the criteria, contact and application form are available by following the link: CNIRAC Award.


Everyone is invited to the 2014 Canadian Reception at the 59th Annual IRA Convention in New Orleans. The reception will be on Sunday, May 11, 2014 from 5:00-8:00pm at the New Orleans Marriott Hotel 555 Canal Street..

If you are a company or publisher and wish to donate to the Canadian Reception, please fill out the following form: Canadian Reception Donation Sheet. If you are a Provincial Council, please fill out the following form: Canadian Reception Council Form.

CNIRAC and C-SIG rely on financial contributions from Canadian reading councils/associations to fund refreshments for The Canadian Reception. CNIRAC and C-SIG are grateful for any financial assistance that you can provide as all donations are directed entirely to the cost of refreshments. All contributors are recognized at the reception!



Reading: The Teachable Moment - Inernational Reading Association (IRA) 59th Annual Convention.

New Orleans , Louisiana - May 9 to 12, 2014


Featured Sesstions (IRA 59th Annual Convention New Orleans):

Canadian Special Interest Group - Literacy (CSIG-L)

Creating Dynamic Large Scale Outcome-Based Assessments to Enhance Classroom Reading and Writing Instruction

Sunday, May 11, 2014 (11:00am - 12:00pm)

New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center Room: 238


Indigenous Peoples Special Interest Group

Targeting Vulnerable Students to Address Achievement Slumps in Academic Vocabulary and Comprehension in the 4th Grade

Saturday, May 10, 2014 (1:00pm-2:00pm)

New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Conventions Center Room: 238





Contact your provincial reading council for membership information.

For membership in the Canadian Special Interest Group on Literacy (CSIG-L) follow the CSIG-L link above.