Canadian Government Commits $50 Million to Close Digital Skills Gap Among Youth

The Government of Canada has launched a new program that aims to equip youth with digital skills to excel for well-paying jobs.

The program, called CanCode, will over two years give 500,000 students from kindergarten to grade 12 the opportunity to learn the in-demand skills that will prepare them for future jobs.

“Our government is investing in a program that will equip young Canadians with the skills they need for a future in which every job will require some level of digital ability,” said the Honorable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development. “Coding teaches our young people how to work as a team to solve difficult problems in creative ways. That’s how they will become the next great innovators and entrepreneurs that Canada needs to succeed.”

CanCode is part of the Innovation and Skills Plan, the Government’s multi-year strategy “to create well-paying jobs for the middle class and those working hard to join it.”

“Coding skills are highly relevant in today’s scientific and technological careers, and they will only become more important in the future,” added the Honorable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science That’s why it is essential that we teach these skills to young Canadians today so they have an advantage when they choose to pursue a career as a scientist, researcher or engineer.”

The Government of Canada also recently released its much-anticipated Global Skills Strategy, which will give employers a faster and more predictable process for attracting top talent and new skills to the country, creating economic growth.