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Ontario, Canada: Preparing more young people for jobs in Toronto

10 April 2018 at 18:14 | 1501 views

Ontario is helping young people between the ages of 12 and 15 learn to code and improve their digital skills, preparing them for jobs in an increasingly digital economy.

Eleanor McMahon (photo), President of the Treasury Board and Minister Responsible for Digital Government was at the YMCA Academy in Toronto yesterday to announce the government’s support for a new program, delivered in partnership with the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship.

The Digital Literacy + Coding Pilot will provide up to 1,000 youth with valuable new skills in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields, equipping them with in-demand skills employers are looking for.

The program was designed by experts in digital literacy, youth engagement, community development and education policy. It will be delivered in five cities across the province: Belleville, Hamilton, London, Sudbury and Toronto.

Increasing digital literacy to grow tomorrow’s highly skilled workforce is part of the government’s plan to support care, create opportunity and make life more affordable during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes free prescription drugs for everyone under 25, and 65 or over, through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, and easier access to affordable child care.

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