City of Learners

CityOfLearners_Logo_ColourOnWhiteEPL helps grow engaged, passionate learners.

The City of Learners is a community-led initiative that lives at the Edmonton Public Library.  It works collaboratively with partners to develop inclusive learning experiences for all Edmontonians.  

“We have outstanding learning opportunities in our city, but we need to help more people take advantage of them. When we all embrace learning in our daily lives, it enhances our role in the community, our performance in the workplace as well as our personal development and physical well-being.”

- Mayor Don Iveson, founding chair of the Edmonton Learning Initiative

The initiative started in 2008 when a group of learning sector partners came together to look at the opportunities in Edmonton and examine what was happening in other learning city projects around the globe. Canadian cities like Vancouver, Fredericton and Grande Prairie also have learning community initiatives which have contributed to enhanced livability, a key plank of Edmonton City Council’s vision.

As the initiative moved forward, the network of organizations, which included the Edmonton Public Library, formed under the “City of Learners” banner, and in 2013, the City of Edmonton established the Edmonton Public Library as the ‘home’ of the City of Learners.   Under the stewardship of the Edmonton Public Library, the 2014-18 Strategic Goals  focused on learning as one of its four strategic directions and specifically committed to being “the home of the City of Learners.” 

Learning cities take a holistic view of learning. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) describes learning through four pillars: learning to know; learning to do; learning to be; and learning to live together.