Government investing $29.5 million in national Digital Literacy program

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The Canadian government has launched a Digital Literacy Exchange program, which will support initiatives that teach fundamental digital literacy skills.

Totalling $29.5 million, the funding will go towards supporting not-for-profit organizations that teach digital skills to those who would benefit from participating in the digital economy. These include seniors, new and low-income Canadians, Indigenous people, and those living in northern and rural communities.

“Our government is ensuring that all Canadians have the skills and know-how to access online resources and participate in the digital economy,” said Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development. “The Digital Literacy Exchange Program will help us to make sure that all Canadians are equipped with the right skills to access the wealth of information and opportunities online.”

The funding will be invested over four years.

The deadline for interested non-profits to apply is March 30, 2018.