Levelling Up: The Quest for Digital Literacy report presents Canada’s digital literacy landscape, challenges and opportunities

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The Brookfield Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship released a report called Levelling Up: The Quest for Digital Literacy highlighting the existing gaps and opportunities to improve digital literacy in Canada. The document contains definitions of concepts related to digital skills, a digital literacy world landscape, an analysis of public policies and methodologies, and identifies the main challenges faced by different stakeholders to increase the level of digital literacy nationwide.

According to Sean Mullin, Executive Director of the Brookfield Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship : “digital skills and capabilities have become critical for Canadians to fully participate and be productive in an increasingly digital economy. Yet, navigating Canada’s dynamic landscape of digital literacy training and education is complicated, even for the most digitally savvy learners. As a country, we need to think critically about how to enable more widespread and equitable access for all our citizens.”

The key findings of the report indicate that:

  • Digital literacy and the skills it comprises are continuously evolving
  • Coding skills are not enough to improve digital literacy, computational thinking and computer science theory are also needed to prepare users to create
  • There are multiple digital literacy and training programs available in Canada, driven by different public, private and civil organizations
  • The landscape of opportunities to learn digital skills is difficult to navigate even for digital savvy users. Learners need to move between different educational sectors, programs and fields to build a career
  • Low levels of digital literacy continue to overlap with other types of marginalization
  • Canada still suffers a digital divide despite all of the currently available programs

Sources: Cision and Brooksfield Institute