Government spending $50M to teach K-12 students and their teachers coding

The Liberal government is following up on a 2017 budget promise to spend $50 million to help children learn to code as soon as they start school. New CanCode program targets students, underrepresented groups

Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains announced the government’s new CanCode program, which hopes to train about one million students from kindergarten to Grade 12 coding and other digital skills, during a stop at Microsoft Canada in Mississauga, Ont. today. He announced  the organizations that have been selected to deliver CanCode initiatives across the country. Programs will provide over 1 million teachers and students with digital skills training, preparing our young people for the jobs of tomorrow.

The government says they also want to train students, including traditionally underrepresented groups, in coding to prepare them for the future workforce.

The funding also includes training for 63,000 teachers to learn how to incorporate new technology in the classroom.

The money will be divided between a number of projects, including $10 million for Actua, a group that engages Indigenous youth, girls, at-risk youth and young Canadians living in remote areas in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Coding is already part of the curriculum up to Grade 6 in Nova Scotia and taught in New Brunswick.