Government of Canada announces new CanCode investment

Partnership with Grandir Sans Frontières will see more than 8,000 training opportunities provided to Canadian students and their teachers to learn digital skills

Ottawa: Canada needs a workforce that is strong in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and capable of taking on challenges to compete in the digital economy. To make sure the next generation of young Canadians can thrive in that digital reality, the Government of Canada is supporting millions of students in improving their digital skills.

Today, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, announced $1.125 million in funding for Grandir Sans Frontières as part of the third phase of the Government of Canada’s CanCode program. With this investment, Grandir Sans Frontières is contributing to the 7.5 million training opportunities offered to millions of young Canadians to better prepare them for the jobs of tomorrow.

CanCode offers training opportunities for students, from kindergarten to Grade 12, to learn digital skills, like coding, data analytics and digital content development. The program also helps Canadian teachers acquire the know-how to incorporate new digital skills and technologies into their classrooms. As well, it has a focus on encouraging under-represented groups, like Indigenous youth, Black youth, and girls, to pursue careers in STEM.

CanCode aligns with Canada’s Digital Charter, a principles-based approach to building trust in the digital world. The first principle of the Charter is focused on ensuring that all Canadians have equal opportunity to participate in the digital world, and the necessary tools to do so, including access, connectivity, literacy and skills.