Frequently asked questions

What kind of coding and digital skills learning activities are eligible for funding?

CanCode-sponsored educational opportunities will be specifically tailored to the demographic of their intended audience, and may incorporate computational thinking concepts, coding skills, and involve the usage of digital tools. In addition, to complement training to youth, the CanCode program will support initiatives that provide K-12 teachers with the training and professional development they need to develop the skills and confidence to introduce digital skills, coding and related concepts into the classroom. Details on approved CanCode initiatives will be available after funding decisions have been made.

How will proposals be evaluated?

The elements the CanCode program is seeking are outlined on the program page. An evaluation grid is not available as the program will be assessing proposals such that a strategic selection of proposals will be chosen for funding that best address the program objectives. These objectives include: to ensure broad coverage across Canada and ability to reach traditionally underrepresented target populations such as girls, Indigenous youth, disabled, and at-risk youth, as well as youth and teachers in rural and remote communities.

Are post-secondary institutions eligible to receive funding?

While we recognize that some post-secondary institutions are considered not-for-profit organizations, for the purposes of the CanCode program, they are not eligible to apply as the lead applicant for funding. Many post-secondary institutions are doing great work in the area of coding and digital skills learning for youth and/or their teachers and we encourage colleges and universities to get involved in an initiative that may be funded by the CanCode program by working with eligible not-for-profit organizations.

Can school board/school districts apply?

Schools/school boards/school districts are not eligible to apply for funding through the CanCode program, however, they can be involved in an initiative that may be funded by the CanCode program by working with an eligible not-for-profit.

When can approved projects expect to receive their funding?

Contribution funding is based on reimbursement of actual costs incurred and paid. Unlike grants, where funding is allocated once a project is approved, CanCode contributions will flow to recipients upon receipt of claims supported by invoices and proof of payment. Advances based on expected disbursements may be requested, however, a claim reconciling advances paid must be submitted prior to any further advance requests. All eligible project costs must be incurred and paid within the approved project period which begins on the date a contribution agreement is signed and ends no later than March 31, 2019, the end date of the CanCode program.

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