Minister Sohi announces new CanCode investment
“Technology impacts our everyday lives. Learning digital skills and coding, as well as how technology serves us, will open so many doors for our young people. Giving all children the opportunity to become tech-savvy and learn coding will further strengthen our success as a country.”
– The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Natural Resources
“Young Canadians will drive our economic success for years to come. By investing in resources to teach them digital skills and making higher education more affordable, our government is helping them transition successfully from classrooms to research labs, shop floors or boardrooms.”
– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development
“Knowing the fundamentals of coding and computer science empowers people to be able to understand and create technology, not just consume it. Thanks to the support of CanCode, Canada Learning Code’s Code Mobile initiative will have greater reach across Canada to help youth in K-12 and educators in communities large and small be a part of our digital future.”
– Melissa Sariffodeen, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Canada Learning Code
Budget 2019 has invested $60 million in CanCode. This investment is in addition to the $50 million from Budget 2017, for a total of $110 million.
To date, over 1.9 million students and 61,000 teachers have participated in CanCode activities. With this new funding, CanCode aims to provide an additional 2 million Canadian students and teachers with training by March 2021.
CanCode has a student stream and a teacher stream. CanCode funding recipients deliver digital skills learning opportunities for students from kindergarten to Grade 12 and/or training programs and workshops for teachers.
CanCode is designed to complement educational curricula and to promote, encourage and spark awareness of and interest in coding and digital skills more broadly. The long-term goal is to make Canada a leading innovation economy with a diverse and inclusive workforce.
Office of the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
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