Providing young Canadians with hands-on computer experience and skills training to succeed in the digital age
June 17, 2014, Simcoe, Ontario – Hundreds of thousands of young people will be given access to digital learning opportunities they otherwise did not have, thanks to a $36-million investment by the Government of Canada.
Diane Finley, Member of Parliament for Haldimand-Norfolk, celebrated the recent announcement of the renewal of the Computers for Schools Program, an initiative that repairs, refurbishes and then donates computers to schools, public libraries, and communities to give students access to the equipment and skills they need to succeed in the digital economy.
This investment will put approximately 280,000 computers in schools across Canada, and create around 1,000 training opportunities for young people in all areas of digital technology.
The Computers for Schools program will connect Canadians and support economic opportunities, key elements under Digital Canada 150, the Government’s plan for Canada’s digital future. The program also promotes the reuse of surplus computers donated by federal, provincial and territorial governments and private businesses. Computers refurbished through the program are provided free of charge to schools, libraries, registered not-for-profit learning organizations and Aboriginal communities.
Last year more than 15,000 computers were shipped to schools in Ontario, and close to 395,000 computers have been distributed to schools in the province since Computers for Schools was created. Locally, 89 computers will be distributed to 5 schools. Holy Trinity Catholic School, Lakewood Elementary, Delhi Public School, Dunnville Christian School and Jarvis Elementary School will be receiving new computers to help students achieve their academic goals.
- Since its creation, the Computers for Schools Program has refurbished and donated over 1.3 million computers to schools and not-for-profit learning organizations across Canada.
- In partnership with Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy (YES), Computers for Schools has given over 6,000 young Canadians valuable experience in working with digital technologies.
- The work performed by information technology interns and dedicated volunteers helps extend the life of the computers by three to four years, diverting waste from landfill sites across Canada.
“To succeed in today’s economy students need access to the internet and the opportunities that our digital world can provide starting at a young age. This investment will give hundreds of thousands of young people access to the digital world. Our government’s top priority is creating jobs and economic growth. This program is essential to prepare young Canadians for the opportunities of our digital economy.”
Diane Finley, Member of Parliament for Haldimand-Norfolk