Government of Canada announces additional funding for digital literacy training to help more Canadians get online

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Government of Canada announces additional funding for digital literacy training to help more Canadians get online

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OTTAWA, Ontario, July 28, 2022

$17.6 million investment to support initiatives to teach digital literacy skills to underrepresented Canadians

OTTAWA (ON), July 28, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – Digital literacy skills are essential to participate in today’s increasingly digital world. Whether it’s making a medical appointment, banking online, studying, working or looking for a job, all Canadians need to be able to use the Internet safely and efficiently. Acquiring these skills and understanding digital technology will not only reduce barriers to accessing valuable information and resources, but will also open up opportunities for all Canadians to succeed.

Today, the Honorable François-Philip ChampagneMinister of Innovation, Science and Industry, launched the second phase of the Digital Literacy Exchange Program (DLEP) and announced a $170.6 million in federal investments to help ensure no one is left behind in the digital economy.

This significant investment will support not-for-profit organizations that teach digital literacy skills to Canadians who face barriers to participating in the digital world. This includes seniors, people who have not completed high school, Aboriginal people, people who do not speak English or French at home, people with disabilities, newcomers Canadalow-income people and people living in northern, rural and remote communities.

The DLEP is part of a set of digital skills programs offered by the Government of Canada who seek to bridge the digital divide and help all Canadians access digital technology and gain the skills they need to use it. The DLEP aligns with the Universal Access Principle of the Government’s Digital Charter: helping all Canadians fully embrace the digital economy.

As part of this announcement, Minister Champagne invites interested non-profit organizations to submit proposals through the DLPE website by September 7, 2022.

Quotation

“Digital skills are crucial in today’s world. Our government is committed to ensuring that all Canadians have the skills to access information and opportunities online. Through initiatives supported by the Digital Literacy Exchange Program, Canadians receive training to improve their skills so they can fully participate in today’s digital economy.”
– The Honorable François-Philip ChampagneMinister of Innovation, Science and Industry

Fast facts

  • Launched in 2018, the Digital Literacy Exchange Program (DLEP) aims to equip Canadians with the skills to use computers, mobile devices and the Internet in a safe, secure and effective way, and it is designed to be inclusive by reaching out to those who are not online or are still learning to use digital technologies.

  • The government of Canada will invest $17.6 million over three years, starting in 2022-2023, through the DLEP.

  • Non-profit organizations that are incorporated into Canada and have at least three years of experience delivering digital literacy training can apply for funding.

  • In its first phase, the DLEP supported the training of more than 400,000 participants from underrepresented groups.

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