January 28, 2019 Quispamsis, New Brunswick
Unlike younger generations who have grown up in a digital world, parents have not had the same exposure to digital technology from a young age. Digital skills widen Canadians’ access to a world of possibilities. Often there are barriers to digital literacy.
The Government is putting in place initiatives to ensure no one is left behind as the world transitions to a digital economy by supporting programs to ensure Canadians have the necessary skills to get online by using computers, mobile devices and the Internet safely and effectively.
The Government of Canada is investing $658, 595 in training offered by ABC Life Literacy Canada. Through their programs, more Canadians will be equipped with the skills they need to safely access the wealth of information and resources available online.
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Family Literacy Day, the funding was announced by Alaina Lockhart, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Tourism, Official Languages, and la Francophonie and Member of Parliament for Fundy Royal during a visit to the Kennebecasis Public Library in Quispamsis in January.
In partnership with ABC Life Literacy Canada, the Kennebecasis Public Library will be offering local training in the Quispamsis region by conducting a “Teach a Parent” program. This program engages young tutors to teach adults the basics of computer literacy in a one-on-one format. Our youth are extremely knowledgeable in digital technology, and this program gives them the opportunity to share their knowledge with the older generation.
The investment is being provided through the Digital Literacy Exchange Program, a $29.5-million program that provides digital skills training to support those shown to be most at risk of being left behind by the rapid pace of digital technology adoption: seniors, people with disabilities, newcomers to Canada, Indigenous peoples, low-income Canadians, language minority groups, and those living in northern and rural communities.
The program aligns with the Government’s Innovation and Skills Plan, a multi-year strategy to create good jobs and ensure Canadians have the skills to succeed.
“Digital skills are becoming more important every day, whether for booking a medical appointment, banking safely, studying or looking for a job. That’s why, through the Digital Literacy Exchange program, our government is making sure all Canadians can fully and safely participate, and benefit from, a digitally engaged society.”The Honourable Navdeep BainsMinister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development
“This investment is great news for parents and youth in Quispamsis. As new digital technologies are rapidly emerging, it can be difficult to keep up. Thanks to ABC Life Literacy and the Kennebecasis Public Library, parents will have the chance to improve their digital literacy skills and connect with the younger generation. I am pleased that the Federal Government could support this fantastic opportunity for our youth to share their digital skills and passion. Skills we all need to be better equipped for success, to access the benefits of the digital world, participate in today’s economy, and prepare for career opportunities.”Alaina LockhartMember of Parliament for Fundy Royal
"ABC Life Literacy Canada is very excited to be a part of this important initiative by the Government of Canada as we work towards digital access for all Canadians. The Teach a Parent program created by Youth Empowering Parents is a powerful new tool in supporting lifelong learning in Canada."Mack RogersExecutive Director, ABC Life Literacy Canada
“We’re very excited about the new “Teach a Parent” program coming to our area. It aligns very well with our goals at the library, to offer more intergenerational and digital literacy programming. It is very important to us to be champions of lifelong learning, and I believe this new initiative and partnership aligns with that goal very well.”Laura M. CorscaddenDirector, Kennebecasis Public Library
- The Digital Literacy Exchange Program is investing $29.5 million to support initiatives that teach fundamental digital literacy skills to Canadians who would benefit from more fully participating in the digital economy.
- The Digital Literacy Exchange Program is designed to be inclusive by reaching out to traditionally under-represented groups, such as seniors, people with disabilities, newcomers to Canada, low-income Canadians, language minorities, Indigenous peoples, those who have not completed high school, and those living in northern and rural communities.
- Project funding is available from 2018–19 to 2021–22.
- Family Literacy Day was celebrated on January 27th, 2019
- Digital Literacy Exchange Program
- Innovation and Skills Plan
- ABC Life Literacy Canada
- Kennebecasis Public Library
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Office of MP Alaina Lockhart
Office of the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada