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

News Release

CanCode to help teach students and train teachers in coding and digital skills required for the middle-class jobs of tomorrow

January 24, 2018 – Regina, Saskatchewan

The federal government is investing in young Canadians to provide them with the digital skills needed for the middle-class jobs of tomorrow. Thanks to an investment of up to $10 million in coding and digital skills training through Actua, more young Canadians will be equipped with the in-demand digital literacy and problem-solving skills required by today’s employers.

The funding was highlighted by the Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, during a visit to Mother Teresa Middle School.

The investment is being allocated through CanCode, a $50-million federal program that will give nearly 1 million students from kindergarten to Grade 12 the opportunity to learn coding and other digital skills. CanCode will also provide over 63,000 Canadian teachers with the know-how to incorporate new digital skills and technologies into their classrooms.

CanCode is one of the many digital skills programs offered by the Government of Canada that seek to bridge the digital divide and help Canadians access digital technology and develop the skills they need to use them. It aligns with the Government’s Innovation and Skills Plan, a multi-year strategy to create well-paying jobs and ensure Canadians have the skills to succeed.


Quotes

“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.”
– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

“CanCode is our government’s down payment on Canada’s future. This program will help ensure more young Canadians, of all backgrounds, have the right skills for the jobs of the future. We are helping young Canadians get the skills and experience they need for a bright future.”
– The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

“We are honoured to be a recipient of CanCode funding and happy to provide additional support to EYES at the University of Regina to engage more youth in building digital skills. This support means that thousands more youth in Saskatchewan will have the opportunity to access free, deep-impact, face-to-face learning experiences that are critical to their future success and our future Canadian workforce.”
– Jennifer Flanagan, President and CEO, Actua

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.

  • Actua’s project is expected to benefit over 200,000 students and thousands of teachers across Canada.

  • In Saskatchewan, the project will reach over 20,000 students and hundreds of teachers.

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Karl W. Sasseville
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development
343-291-2500

Media Relations
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
343-291-1777
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