Feds launch $50M initiative to teach kids to code

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Minister Navdeep Singh Bains takes part in a technology event in Ottawa, on Monday, May 8, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)

By CTV News, June 14, 2017 

The federal government has announced that it will spend $50 million over the next two years on efforts to teach young people coding and other digital skills.

Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Navdeep Bains and Science Minister Kirsty Duncan made the announcement Wednesday in Ottawa, at Code on the Hill, an annual event that introduces elementary school students to coding.

Minister Bains said the goal of the funding is to allow 500,000 kids to learn coding.

“We’re in a digital economy,” Bains told the crowd. “Most job in the future will most likely have some sort of connection to coding.”

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