Digital Literacy Exchange Program
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The Digital Literacy Exchange program will invest $29.5 million to support initiatives that teach fundamental digital literacy skills to Canadians who would benefit from participating in the digital economy. The program aims to equip Canadians with the necessary skills to engage with computers, mobile devices and the Internet safely, securely and effectively. Project funding will be available from 2018-19 to 2021-22.
The Digital Literacy Exchange program supports the Government of Canada's Innovation and Skills Plan. Part of this plan aims to facilitate and encourage the participation of underrepresented groups in the digital economy by investing in initiatives that provide them with the necessary digital tools, access and skills development opportunities.
Why this is important
Innovation and technological progress is creating tremendous change, and as a result, digital skills are increasingly relevant—in school, at home and in the workplace. This is true for Canadians of every age, background, education level and employment status.
While 83% of Canadians use the internet (Canadian Internet Use Survey 2012), there are still groups who are newly involved with, or haven't fully discovered the benefits of being online. It is important to support these groups to ensure no one is left behind in the digital economy.
The Digital Literacy Exchange program will support not-for-profit organizations in the delivery of digital literacy training initiatives for Canadians who need improved skills and confidence in using computers and the Internet. This will enable all Canadians to participate in – and benefit from - a connected and digitally engaged society.
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