Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development today announced up to $750,000 in new funding through the Digital Literacy Exchange program to teach digital skills to Canadians in Mississauga and Brampton.
“Digital skills are becoming more important every day, whether for booking a medical appointment, banking safely, studying or looking for a job,” Minister Bains said. “That’s why, through the Digital Literacy Exchange program, our government is supporting the Peel Multicultural Council in providing newcomers and other disadvantaged groups with training in fundamental digital skills.”
Bains said the investment is provided through the Digital Literacy Exchange program. 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.
The program is part of the government’s Innovation and Skills Plan, a multi-year career and skill development strategy.
The initiative will take place at the Peel Multicultural Council centres in Mississauga and Brampton, Ont., and will reach 1,800 participants, with a focus on low-income individuals, seniors, immigrants and refugees, and individuals who have not completed a high school degree. It should be noted that Minister Bains represents the riding of Mississauga-Malton.
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