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Federal government giving $12.5 million to teach kids coding and digital skills

GUELPH - The federal government is giving $12.5 million to advance coding and digital skills training in Ontario.

More young Canadians will be equipped with the in-demand digital literacy and problem-solving skills required by today’s employers.

“Our government is committed to equipping Canadian youth with the digital skills they need for the jobs of the future,” said Navdeep Bains, minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development.

 “By teaching kids to code today, we’re positioning Canada for future success across all industries and sectors because these kids will facilitate digital adoption, making all Canadian industries more profitable and globally competitive.”

Fusion Jeunesse, Actua and Let’s Talk Science will be partnering with the University of Guelph and Guelph Collegiate Vocational Institute to support and engage educators and students with face to face learning experience which are critical to their future success in the Canadian workforce.

In Ontario 326,522 students and 20,110 teachers will benefit from the digital skills they will learn

The funding is being allocated through CanCode, a $50-million federal program that gives students from kindergarten to Grade 12 the opportunity to learn coding and other digital skills.

The funding will also provide thousands of Canadian teachers with the tools needed to educate Canadian youth in these skills.

CanCode aims to teach digital skills to over one million Canadian students and their teachers.

February 9, 2018


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