Giving young Canadians the digital skills needed for jobs of the future

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CanCode program to benefit more than 1 million young Canadians and their teachers

January 22, 2018 – Mississauga, Ontario

Learning digital skills like coding and understanding new technologies are essential for the jobs of today and tomorrow. That’s why the Government of Canada has made a historic investment to help more than one million young Canadians and their teachers learn digital skills like coding.

During a visit to Microsoft in Mississauga today, the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, joined by fellow Mississauga members of Parliament, announced the successful organizations that will deliver CanCode initiatives across the country.

CanCode is a $50-million program that will give over 1 million teachers and students, from kindergarten to Grade 12, the opportunity to learn digital skills like coding. This includes giving thousands of Canadian teachers the know-how to incorporate new digital skills and technologies into their classrooms.

The program aims to encourage more girls, Indigenous Canadians and other under-represented groups to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

CanCode is one of the many digital skills programs offered by the Government 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.

Selected CanCode projects – Organizations
Actua Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada
Canada Learning Code Cybera Inc.
Kids Code Jeunesse Saskatoon Industry Education Council
ICTC Brilliant Labs
TakingITGlobal FIRST Robotics Canada
Let's Talk Science Grandir sans frontières
Science North The Learning Partnership
Pinnguaq Ulnooweg Development Group
Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre Inc. Fusion Jeunesse
Elephant Thoughts Educational Outreach MediaSmarts
Science World BC  


“Coding is the next big job. Industries ranging from automotive and agri-food to the life sciences and clean technology need coders, given their increasingly digital nature. That’s why our government is 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.”
– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

Quick Facts

  • CanCode will invest $50 million over two years, starting in 2017–18, to provide almost 1 million young Canadians, from kindergarten to Grade 12, with opportunities to develop their coding and digital skills.

  • It will also equip more than 63,000 teachers across the country with training and tools to teach digital skills and coding.

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

Media Relations
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

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