Industry Minister announces new investment to expand Computers for Schools to more Canadians
June 5, 2015 – Burnaby, British Columbia – Industry Canada
While many children enjoy the opportunities that digital technology offers, not all have access to computers. With the Canadian economy becoming increasingly digital, access to technology is an integral part of a child's education. The Computers for Schools program has played an important role in increasing access to technology for Canadian youth, ensuring they can learn the skills needed to take advantage of a modern digital world.
Today, James Moore, Minister of Industry and Minister Responsible for British Columbia, announced new funds to expand Computers for Schools to non-profit organizations that support low-income Canadians and new Canadians with access to refurbished equipment and digital skills training.
He underscored the importance of this program for B.C.: since 2010–11 Computers for Schools has delivered over 36,000 refurbished computers and employed 93 local youth in internship positions throughout the province. The increased funding will allow Computers for Schools B.C. to distribute 19,500 computers over the next three years to schools and non-profit community organizations throughout the province.
Computers are donated from government, private business and individuals for use by schools, libraries, registered not-for-profit learning organizations and Aboriginal communities. The program has helped extend the useful life of computer equipment, reducing the overall environmental impact of electronic waste.
Providing young Canadians with the opportunities, information and education they need to succeed is essential for Canada's long-term economic prosperity. Eligible recipient organizations get access to computer equipment at no cost, giving Canadians who may not otherwise have exposure to technology the opportunity to develop critical literacy skills. Youth also benefit from paid, practical work internships where they can develop more advanced digital skills.
Office of the Minister of Industry