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Bryan May Announces $50 Million Investment For Digital Skills Training For Young Canadians

Federal government giving young Canadians in Cambridge the digital skills needed for future jobs 

The federal government is investing in young Canadians to provide them with the digital skills needed for the jobs of tomorrow. Thanks to a $50-million investment in coding and digital skills training across

Canada, more young Canadians than ever before will be equipped with the in-demand digital and problem-solving skills required by employers. 

Local Funding Announced

Local funding was announced by Bryan May, Member of Parliament for Cambridge, during a visit to Stewart Ave. Public School. Many schools in the Waterloo Region District School Board will benefit from this funding though a number of digital non-profit organizations including: the Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC), Actua, Canada Learning Code, Media Smarts, The Learning

Partnership, Let’s Talk Science, and FIRST Robotics. These organizations will provide training and skills to thousands of students in Waterloo Region.

“This investment is great news for students in Waterloo Region. It gives our youth the opportunity tolearn the digital skills they need for future employment and further study in high-demand STEM fields," said Bryan May, Member of Parliament for Cambridge

“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,” said the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development.

CanCode Program

These investments are 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. In Ontario alone, CanCode will equip 20,000 teachers with the resources they need to teach over 326,000 students.  CanCode is a Budget 2017 commitment aimed at teaching digital skills to over one million Canadian students.

“Growth in digital jobs has outpaced every other sector of the Canadian economy by 6 to 1 in 2017, preparing Canada’s youth for tomorrow’s job market is pivotal for stimulating future innovations and business growth in a global market,” said  Namir Anani, ICTC President & CEO

Quick facts

·  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.

·  CanCode will also equip 63,000 teachers across the country with the training and tools to teach digital skills and coding. 

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