For Immediate Release
Federal government helping young Canadians across the country learn the digital skills needed for future jobs
Program to teach 28,413 students and 631 teachers, in Ontario, coding and digital skills required for the middle-class jobs of tomorrow through Let’s Talk Science.
January 26, 2018 – Belleville, ON – Government of Canada
The federal government is investing in young Canadians to provide them with the digital skills needed for the middle-class jobs of tomorrow. Thanks to a $2 million dollar investment in coding and digital skills training at Let’s Talk Science, more young Canadians will be equipped with the in-demand digital literacy and problem-solving skills required by today’s employers.
The funding was announced by Neil Ellis, Member of Parliament for Bay of Quinte, during a visit to Queen Victoria School.
The investment is being allocated through CanCode, a $50-million dollar federal program that gives students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 the opportunity to learn coding and other digital skills. The funding will also provide thousands of Canadian teachers with the tools needed to educate Canadian youth on these skills.
CanCode is a Budget 2017 commitment aimed at teaching digital skills to over one million Canadian students and their teachers.
“Becoming the most innovative country begins with investing in Canadian talent. Our government is committed to equipping Canadian youth with the digital skills they need for the jobs of the future. By teaching kids to code today, we’re positioning Canada for future success across all industries and sectors because these kids will facilitate digital adoption, making all Canadian industries more profitable and globally competitive.”
– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development
“This investment is great news for students in the Bay of Quinte! Our communities have many youth who are already incredibly digitally savvy. Giving them the opportunity to apply their existing knowledge and expand, by learning new digital skills, means they will be better prepared for future employment and further study in high-demand STEM fields. ”
– Neil Ellis, Member of Parliament for Bay of Quinte
- CanCode will invest $50 million dollars over two years, starting in 2017–18, to support initiatives providing educational opportunities for coding and digital skills development to Canadian youth from Kindergarten to Grade 12.
- The program will also equip 63,000 teachers across the country with the training and tools to teach digital skills and coding.
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For all inquiries, please contact Adrianna Christie at (613) 969-3300 or email Neil.Ellis@parl.gc.ca.