27 more non-profits to receive funding from Digital Literacy Exchange Program


The federal government has announced 27 more non-profit organizations from across the country who will receive funding from the Digital Literacy Exchange Program, which was first announced last year.

This latest announcement brings the Digital Literacy Exchange Program’s total number of investment recipients to 36.

The program will provide $29.5 million to non-profit organizations across the country to deliver digital literacy skills training to Canadians, to familiarize Canadians in using computers, mobile devices, and the Internet. The programs will be focused on digital literacy for seniors, people with disabilities, immigrants, Indigenous peoples, low-income Canadians, language minority groups, those who have not completed high school, and those living in northern or rural communities.

“Digital literacy is becoming more important every day, whether for booking a medical appointment, banking safely, studying or looking for a job,” Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development. “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.”

One of the programs receiving funding is S.U.C.C.E.S.S., a Vancouver-based organization aimed to promote the wellbeing of “Canadians and immigrants of Chinese and other ethnic origins,” and to encourage their full participation in community affairs. The organization recently received another federal government investment of $1.5 million from the Women Entrepreneurship Fund.

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Another organization receiving funding through the Digital Literacy Exchange Program is the Pinnguaq Association, a non-profit based in the Nunavut hamlet of Pangnirtung. The association incorporates science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics into learning applications to promote storytelling, health, wellness, and growth in rural and remote communities. The association was also recently named one of the winners of the Smart Cities Challenge, winning $10 million to create new locations across Nunavut.

The funding will be invested over the next four years, until March 31, 2022, and this latest announcement brings the total number of organizations receiving investment from the program to 36. The full list of recipients can be found here.

Image courtesy Pinnguaq Association via Twitter

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