January 25, 2018 – Riverview, NB
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 $1.5 million investment in coding and digital skills training at Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada, 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 Alaina Lockhart, Member of Parliament for Fundy Royal, during a visit to the Boys and Girls Club of Riverview, which will benefit from this funding program.
The investment is being allocated through CanCode, a $50-million 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 aiming to teach 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 BainsMinister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development
"This investment is great news for students in Fundy Royal. It gives our youth the opportunity to learn the digital skills they need for future employment and further study in high-demand STEM fields. With programs like CanCode we are preparing these brilliant young minds to take on the high-tech world of tomorrow."Alaina LockhartMember of Parliament for Fundy Royal
“The CanCode grant partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada will allow us to deliver Kid Tech Nation. This is a great new program and new addition to our roster of programming. It will allow us to provide introductions of coding, digital media, graphic arts and animation to children between the ages of 8-12. This is so important to our children now as they are faced with the reality that the digital world and being at home in it is now a must and not the luxury it once was. We will receive funding to deliver this program over a 12 month period. During the course of that year, we are excited to offer one part of the programming to young girls who are not as visible in the STEM fields. We want to help them build their confidence and their ability to seek out avenues of further education and employment in one of these fields.”Lynda CareyExecutive Director, Boys & Girls Club of Riverview
- CanCode will invest $50 million 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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Karl W. Sasseville
Office of the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada