We are thrilled to announce our Digital Champions skills program is coming to the pan-Canadian settlement sector. Thousands of staff and volunteers from newcomer-serving organizations will receive training over the next two years thanks to GEO Nova Scotia, our partners, and a $1.6 million grant from the Department of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development (ISED).
The funding has been secured under the Digital Literacy Exchange Program (DLEP) in collaboration with S.U.C.C.E.S.S. in British Columbia, the Calgary Catholic Immigration Society, the Arab Community Centre of Toronto, and the Association for Canadian Studies..
“Everyone should have the skills to use the Internet confidently and safely,” said GEO Nova Scotia Board Chair, Sandra McKenzie. “With this funding and our fantastic partners, we can help upskill Canada’s settlement sector and close the digital divide for countless newcomers.”
“We already have plans to expand our Digital Champions training to non-profits across Nova Scotia this summer,” adds Matt Spurway, Executive Director. “We’re thrilled to be growing so quickly, and in fact we are hiring four more Digital Inclusion Facilitators to join the team as soon as possible.”
The programming is scheduled to begin this summer. Stay tuned for more updates!