Launching #CanCode to give youth the skills training they need for the jobs of the future! As someone who ran a high-tech recruitment business from my rural home in Lonsdale for so many years, I’m proud to say that there is a big rural component to CanCode, which our government launched this week. We benefit as a country when our kids in rural communities, along with cities, are learning the digital skills of the future. This will help position Canada to be a world leader in innovation and foster rural sustainability. Our investment of $500 million in rural broadband is also making this possible. I encourage schools and libraries across Hastings–Lennox and Addington to reach out to the partner organizations and set up coding lessons! More info is available here: https://mbossio.infolib.ca/news-nouvelles/federal-government-delivering-youth-digital-skills-training-for-future-jobs/ #cdnpoli Limestone District School Board Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board County of Lennox & Addington Libraries Hastings Highlands Public Library Deseronto Public Library Madoc Public Library Marmora & Lake Public Library Tweed Public Library Napanee District Secondary School North Hastings High School
Posted by Mike Bossio on Tuesday, January 23, 2018
The federal government is investing in young Canadians to provide them with the digital skills needed for the middle-class jobs of tomorrow through CanCode, a $50-million federal program that gives students from kindergarten to grade 12 the opportunity to learn coding and other digital skills.
Mike Bossio, Member of Parliament for Hastings—Lennox and Addington announced the program along with one of the partnering organizations, Canada Learning Code.
Thanks to the investment in coding and digital skills training across the country, more young Canadians will be equipped with the in-demand digital literacy and problem-solving skills required by today’s employers.
The funding will also provide thousands of Canadian teachers with the tools needed to educate Canadian youth on these skills.
CanCode is a Budget 2017 commitment aiming to teach digital skills to over one million Canadian students and their teachers.
“As someone who ran a high-tech recruitment business from my rural home in Lonsdale for so many years, I’m proud to say that there is a big rural component to CanCode. We benefit as a country when our kids in rural communities, along with cities, are learning the digital skills of the future. This will help position Canada to be a world leader in innovation and foster rural sustainability. Our investment of $500 million in rural broadband is also making this possible.”
– Mike Bossio, Member of Parliament for Hastings—Lennox and Addington
“Computers play a role in everything we do in our daily lives, so it is important for students to understand what is going on inside them. The Limestone District School Board welcomes the partnership of Canada Learning Code, and federal funding to support engaged and digitally fluent communities. No matter what career path someone might choose, computer programming, or coding, will be a part of it. By learning more about coding, students are becoming creators and not just consumers of technology.”
– Debra Rantz, Director of Education, Limestone District School Board
“Canada Learning Code will be using the funding to reach over 150,000 Canadians through our Chapter communities and Code Mobile fleet expansion. This will allow our organization to bring more digital literacy experiences to Kingston and the surrounding areas.’
– Canada Learning Code Team
“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
- Canada Learning Code will be returning to Southview Elementary School for coding training in the coming weeks. More will follow.
- Actua, another partnering organization, will be teaching coding in three schools in Hastings—Lennox and Addington (Deseronto and Marysville) the week of 29 January. More will follow.
- Let’s Talk Science, another partnering organization, will also be arranging instruction in the Hastings—Lennox and Addington.
- CanCode will invest $50 million over two years, starting in 2017–18, to support initiatives providing educational opportunities for coding and digital skills development to Canadian youth from kindergarten to grade 12
- The program will include teaching coding skills to 355,664 kids across rural and remote parts of Canada.
- The program will also equip 63,000 teachers across the country with the training and tools to teach digital skills and coding.