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Canada Launches Third Phase of CanCode to Help Youth Gain Coding and Digital Skills
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Canada Launches Third Phase of CanCode to Help Youth Gain Coding and Digital Skills 

A Canadian workforce that is savvy in STEM, and capable of taking on challenges competing in the digital economy, is exactly what Canada needs. Thus, to prepare the next generation of Canadian workforce, millions of young Canadians are obtaining support from the Government of Canada to further improve their digital skills.

Recently, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, François-Philippe announced an $80 million federal investment in the third phase of a program called CanCode. This investment is in addition to the $60 million from 2019 and $50 million from 2017.

In Phase One, CanCode provided coding and digital skills training to 1.9 million Canadian students and 96,000 teachers and more than 2 million training opportunities in Phase Two. In the third phase, CanCode seeks to provide an additional 3 million training opportunities.

CanCode 3.0 is designed to give opportunities to learn in-demand digital skills for students from kindergarten to grade 12, to further help them prepare for future jobs. The program is also focused on providing 120,000 teachers with training opportunities that enable them to incorporate new digital skills and technologies in the classrooms.

CanCode 3.0 builds on the success of the prior programs, CanCode 1.0 and 2.0. In 2017, CanCode was a part of an Innovation and Skills Plan, used as a multi-year strategy to create well-paying jobs for the middle class. The goal is to create a strong, more robust Canada by providing the youth with a helping hand towards future employment. Primarily focusing on giving opportunities to those who have been less fortunate.

“By investing to help young people gain the coding and digital skills needed to succeed in our 21st-century economy, we are preparing them for the jobs of tomorrow,” said François-Philippe Champagne. “These short-term strategic solutions will help youth not only transition successfully from classrooms to research labs but also drive our economic success for years to come.”

By reaching out to the youth and providing digital training in a group setting, CanCode seeks to accommodate various learning styles. Additionally, CanCode is focusing on stimulating and sustaining interest in the STEM fields, as well as appealing to a wide range of young people. An all-around approach to digital skills training for the youth and teachers will further contribute to reaching various digital technology sectors in the future. This third phase of CanCode will provide more in-depth training, particularly helping those who’ve had more lemons than lemonade in life.

CanCode aligns with Canada’s Digital Charter, a principles-based approach to establishing trust in the digital world. The first principle of this Charter is to ensure all Canadians have one and the same opportunities to participate in the digital world. This means giving the necessary tools to do so, including access, connectivity, literacy, and skills.

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