Our services

The East Hants Community Learning Association (EHCLA)

EHCLA offers programs to improve literacy and math skills, upgrade employment-ready skills, and prepare for your GED. We also offer community programs such as Family Literacy, Senior Safety and the Skills to Work Program.

Learn more about our programs here!

East Hants & Area Community Rider (EHCR)

EHCR is a subsidiary of the East Hants Community Learning Association. The Community Rider offers our passengers safe, cost-effective, inclusive and sustainable transportation to help make life accessible for everyone – anyone can book a ride!

Learn more and book your first ride here!

Who we are?

We're a non-profit organization that was created to offer educational services to adult residents of East Hants. We've been providing GED prep classes, literacy skills training and community programming for over 10 years. Over the course of that time we realized that one of the biggest barriers to education is transportation - and thus, our Community Rider was born. Through the Community Rider, we are able to offer affordable, inclusive and sustainable transportation for everybody, young and old. Now with a fleet of five vehicles including three wheelchair accessible vans, we make sure residents in our communities get to where they need to go - whether that's visiting your friends, going to the grocery store or attending a medical appointment!

We believe life and learning need to be accessible to everyone.

Our team

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Our Corporate Members

What our community says

Having a resource like the East Hants Community Learning Association provides our community with a place where learning is not only possible but enjoyable. They provide a place where everyone is welcome to learn new skills, advance their education, or engage with the community. I’m extremely proud of what they do and lucky to be a part of it.

Caitlin Patterson Vice-Chair, Board of Directors

The East Hants Community Rider was extremely helpful, accommodating and friendly. I was able to attend numerous doctor’s appointments and specialist appointments. The volunteers went out of their way to ensure I was able to attend all appointments. Without this service, I would have been left with no transportation to seek proper medical attention required over a period of months. I am extremely grateful for our community having such a great service in place.

Community Member

Latest news

2nd Annual Harvest Dinner

UPDATE: Wow – that was fast. Our Harvest Dinner is sold out. Thanks for being so enthusiastic about this event! It’s been an outstanding season for the Elmsdale Community Garden. To celebrate, we’re holding our 2nd annual Harvest Dinner over two days: October 15th & 16th, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Because of COVID-19, we’ll […]

Elmsdale Community Garden Pop Up Markets

Elmsdale Community Garden is pleased to announce our first pop up market of 2020! It will be on Friday, July 31st from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in front of the community garden. We hope you will join us. Pop up markets are all about giving back to the community. We have FREE fresh fruits and […]

New Website for EHCR

The East Hants & Area Community Rider has a new home on the internet: communityrider.ruralrides.ca EHCR is one of 19 community transportation providers across Nova Scotia. Together, we ensure people around the province have access to transportation in their communities. Each service is connected through the Rural Transportation Association (RTA), a not-for-profit society which provides […]

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