The federal government will invest $750,000 in a Peel Multicultural Council project to help newcomers, seniors and others develop valuable digital skills.
“Digital skills are becoming more important every day, whether for booking a medical appointment, banking safely, studying or looking for a job,” said Navdeep Bains, innovation, science and economic development minister.
The funding comes from the Digital Literacy Exchange Program, with $29.5 million earmarked to provide digital skills training in support of those known to be most at risk of being left behind by the rapid pace of digital technology adoption. The list includes seniors, people with disabilities, newcomers to Canada, Indigenous peoples, low-income Canadians, language minority groups and those living in northern and rural communities.
The project will be delivered at Peel Multicultural Council centres in Mississauga and Brampton and will reach about 1,800 participants, with a focus on low-income individuals, seniors, newcomers to Canada and people who haven’t completed high school.
The program aligns with the federal government’s Innovation and Skills Plan, a multi-year strategy to create good jobs and ensure Canadians have the skills to succeed.