Over 67,000 refurbished computers delivered and 296 local youth employed in internship positions in Ontario since 2010–11
June 5, 2015 – Toronto, Ontario – Industry Canada
While many children enjoy the opportunities that digital technology offers, not all have access to computers. Since its launch over two decades ago, the Computers for Schools program has played an important role in increasing access to technology for Canadian youth.
As outlined in Economic Action Plan 2015, the Government of Canada will commit $2 million over two years, starting in 2016–17, to expand this highly successful program. It will provide non-profit organizations that support low-income Canadians, new Canadians and other community groups with access to refurbished computer equipment.
Today, Mike Lake, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Industry, and John Carmichael, Member of Parliament for Don Valley West, underscored the importance of this program for Ontario: since 2010–11 Computers for Schools has delivered over 67,000 refurbished computers and employed 296 local youth in internship positions throughout the province. The funding provided in Economic Action Plan 2015 will further the previous Budget 2014 commitment of $36 million over four years, increasing support from $9 million per year in 2014–15 and 2015–16 to $10 million per year in 2016–17 and 2017–18. The increase will allow Computers for Schools Ontario to distribute over 41,000 computers over the next three years to schools and non-profit community organizations.
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 little or 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