$2 million invested in coding and digital skills required for the middle-class jobs of tomorrow provided to Science North
GREATER SUDBURY – The federal government is investing in young Canadians to provide them with the digital skills needed for the middle-class jobs of tomorrow. Thanks to a $50-million investment in coding and digital skills training across Canada, including a $2-million investment in Science North, more young Canadians will be equipped with the in-demand digital literacy and problem-solving skills required by today’s employers.
The funding was announced by Sudbury MP Paul Lefebvre and Nickel Belt MP Marc Serré on Monday at Science North, on behalf of Navdeep Bains, Minister of Industry, Science and Economic Development.
The CanCode program 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 on these skills.
In addition to Science North, CanCode funding will offer financial support to the following programs province wide: The Learning Partnership program, delivered by the Sudbury Catholic District School Board, Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board and Near North District School Board, as well as Let’s Talk Science, delivered through Laurentian University and Cambrian College, and MediaSmarts, delivered through Laurentian University. The funding allocated through these organisations will benefit over 129,953 students and 4,886 teachers Ontario wide and will help our youth learn essential digital skills and coding training to prepare them for the jobs of tomorrow.
CanCode is a Budget 2017 commitment aiming to teach digital skills to over one million Canadian students and their teachers.
“This investment is great news for students and faculty across Northern Ontario. Thanks to CanCode, our youth will have the opportunity to learn the digital skills they which will enable them to compete for tangible employment opportunities in the in high-demand STEM fields.”
– Marc Serré, Member of Parliament for Nickel Belt
“CanCode and Science North will reach traditionally under-represented groups — such as girls and Indigenous, disabled or at-risk youth — with valuable training. Canada’s success in the digital economy depends on leveraging our diverse talent and providing opportunity for all to participate. Investing in coding and digital skills development will help to achieve this.”
– Paul Lefebvre, Member of Parliament for Sudbury
“Becoming the most innovative country begins with investing in Canadian talent. Our government is committed to equipping Canadian youth with the digital skills they need for the jobs of the future. 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.”
– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development
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Marc Serré, MP for Nickel Belt