CanCode program to invest $50 million CAD in digital skills for Canadian children

Canada’s government announced the organizations that will be awarded with an investment of $50 million CAD in 2018 to promote educational opportunities for kids to learn digital skills and programming. The CanCode program will support groups that work with children and teachers from kindergarten to 12th grade.

The program is intended to support Canada’s Innovation and Skills Plan to improve opportunities for citizens to innovate and become competitive in the digital economy. By preparing children from early ages, the country expects to prepare a high-skilled labor force for the next years.

According to Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Sciences and Economic Development, “Technology is disrupting all facets of our lives. Digital literacy is new and necessary and an essential skill for the middle-class jobs of today and tomorrow.”

Some of the funding recipients include Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada, Canada Learning Code, ICTC, Brilliant Labs, Let’s Talk Science, MediaSmarts, and many others.

Source: IT World Canada