Supporting Canadians to Think Critically About Online Health Information
“We want to remind Canadians to be careful when searching for online information about COVID-19 and to ensure the reliability of the sources. We must be critical news consumers and make informed decisions. And in the present context, there are very real concerns surrounding discrimination and a climate of hate and fear during this uncertain time. As Canadians stand together to defeat the COVID-19 virus, we must stand together to stop xenophobia, racism and misinformation.”
—The Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage
“Combatting false and misleading information online is critical, especially during this uncertain and challenging time. I am proud to support this important investment as part of my mandate to strengthen citizen resilience to online disinformation. These initiatives will help make sure that Canadians are better able to get the COVID-19 information they need to keep themselves, their loved ones, and their communities safe.”
—The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, President of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada
On March 13, 2020, Canadian Heritage’s Digital Citizen Initiative launched a targeted call for proposals to support and amplify current efforts to counter COVID-19 disinformation.
Successful applicants will be rolling out their initiatives beginning this spring.
Before the last federal election, the Digital Citizen Initiative contributed $7 million over nine months to more than 20 projects that encouraged critical thinking about online disinformation and involvement in the democratic process.
The initiative supported new projects that raised awareness about news and digital media literacy through various sessions, workshops and learning materials. These projects reached more than 12 million Canadians.
For more information (media only), please contact:
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
Privy Council Office
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