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Government of Canada Reinvests in Digital Literacy Programming for Youth in Canada

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Published: February 16, 2022

CanCode funding will support Let’s Talk Science’s digital skills program for Early Years to Grade 12 youth and educators across Canada

(Ontario) - On February 11, as part of the CanCode 3.0 investment, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry announced Let’s Talk Science will receive $2.8 million over the next two years. This investment will support the development of coding and digital skills in Early Years to Grade 12 youth across Canada.

“To drive our economic success for years to come, we must support young Canadians in the digital world. By investing in resources that teach students things like coding and data analytics, we are helping them gain the skills needed to succeed in the 21st-century economy. These are the skills that will help them transition from the classroom to research labs, shop floors and boardrooms.”

- The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry

The renewed funding will allow Let’s Talk Science to provide nearly 500,000 student training opportunities over two years through programming that will develop their digital literacy skills and help them prepare for future careers.

“We will continue to ensure that digital literacy and computational thinking are infused throughout Let’s Talk Science programs and events. The new CanCode funding allows us to expand our digital literacy programming and reach more youth across Canada, ensuring they develop the skills and characteristics needed to thrive in a rapidly changing world.”

- Dr. Bonnie Schmidt, president and founder, Let’s Talk Science. 

Let's Talk Science is excited to continue developing STEM resources and digital literacy programming in both English and French for students and educators, and ensuring equitable access to STEM education across Canada.

Since 2017, CanCode has helped provide over 4.5 million coding and digital skills training opportunities to students and over 220,000 to teachers.

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ABOUT LET'S TALK SCIENCE

Let’s Talk Science – a leading partner in Canadian education – is a national charitable organization committed to inspiring and empowering children and youth of all ages in Canada to develop the skills they need to participate and thrive in an ever-changing world. To accomplish this, Let’s Talk Science offers a comprehensive suite of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) based programs to support youth, educators, and volunteers across Canada. For more information visit letstalkscience.ca.