The program will provide $29.5 million to non-profit organizations across the country to deliver digital literacy skills training to Canadians
OTTAWA, June 27, 2019 /CNW/ - Digital skills are becoming increasingly relevant at home, in school and at work. That's why the Government of Canada is supporting initiatives across Canada that teach fundamental digital literacy skills to Canadians, ensuring that no one is left behind in the digital economy.
Today, the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, unveiled a list of 27 non-profit organizations from across the country who are receiving funding from the Digital Literacy Exchange Program. This is in addition to nine non-profit organizations that received funding from this program earlier this year. With these investments, the organizations will provide digital literacy training initiatives. Thousands of Canadians will benefit from improved skills and a greater confidence in using computers, mobile devices and the Internet safely, securely and effectively.
In total, the Government is investing $29.5 million in providing digital literacy skills training to support those known to be most at risk of being left behind by the rapid pace of digital technology adoption, including;
- people with disabilities
- newcomers to Canada
- Indigenous peoples
- low-income Canadians
- language minority groups
- those whose first language is not English
- those who have not completed high school
- those living in northern and rural communities
For a complete list of all organizations, visit the Digital Literacy Exchange Program website.
"Digital literacy is becoming more important every day, whether for booking a medical appointment, banking safely, studying or looking for a job. That's why our government is committed to ensuring that all Canadians have the skills to access information and opportunities online. Through the Digital Literacy Exchange Program, Canadians are receiving training to improve their skills and confidence so that they can fully participate in the digital economy."
– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development
- The Digital Literacy Exchange Program is designed to be inclusive by reaching out to those who are not online or are still learning how to use digital technologies. This includes seniors, people with disabilities, newcomers to Canada, low-income Canadians, language minority groups, Indigenous peoples, those whose first language is not English, those who have not completed high school, and those living in northern and rural communities.
- The Program will provide funding until March 31, 2022.
- In total, 36 non-profit organizations from across Canada have received investments from the Digital Literacy Exchange Program.
List of the 27 Non-Profit Organizations
Altered Minds Inc.
Atikokan Literacy Inc.
Burnaby Neighbourhood House
Calgary Chinese Community Service Association
Chinook Arch Regional Library System
Community Sector Council of Newfoundland and Labrador
Digital Nova Scotia
Fredericton Area Network Inc.
Gluu Technology Society
Guelph Public Library
Information & Communication Technologies Association Manitoba
Literacy Link South Central
Palliser Regional Library
Parkland County Library Board
Skills Canada Saskatchewan
Stony Plain Public Library
Tides Canada Initiatives Society
YMCA of Greater Toronto Area
Yukon Learn Society
SOURCE Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
For further information: Dani Keenan, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, 343-291-1710; Media Relations, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, 343-291-1777, [email protected]