Frequently asked questions

From: Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

What kind of coding and digital skills learning activities is CanCode providing?

CanCode initiatives are tailored to students, from kindergarten to Grade 12, and may incorporate computational thinking concepts, coding skills, and involve the usage of digital tools. To complement training to youth, the CanCode program supports initiatives that provide K-12 teachers with the training and professional development they need to introduce digital skills, coding and related concepts into the classroom.

How many youth will benefit from CanCode?

Almost one million youth will benefit from CanCode-funded educational initiatives by March 31, 2019?. Many other youth will indirectly benefit through CanCode-funded initiatives that help their teachers introduce coding concepts into the classroom.

Where will CanCode initiatives be available?

CanCode was carefully designed to provide coding and digital skills educational opportunities all across Canada, including rural areas, northern regions, and Indigenous communities. Information about CanCode supported initiatives in your area will be available on as initiatives roll out.

When are CanCode events scheduled to begin?

CanCode supported events are eligible to begin immediately and will ramp up in the coming weeks. More information will be available in the coming weeks as CanCode recipients finalize their plans.

What is the government doing to ensure under-represented groups will benefit from this program?

CanCode is designed to be inclusive. CanCode applicants were encouraged to demonstrate how they are able to reach traditionally under-represented groups—such as girls and Indigenous, disabled or at-risk youth. Canada's success in the digital economy depends on leveraging our diverse talent pool and providing opportunity for all to participate. Investing in coding and digital skills development will help to achieve this.

How were CanCode proposals evaluated?

CanCode funding was awarded following an in-depth, merit-based, evaluation process that examined potential recipients against a range of factors (e.g. the proposals' alignment to CanCode objectives, the applicants' resource capacity, their ability to reach underrepresented groups) to determine impact, and to ensure financial viability and the ability to effectively use taxpayers' funds. Recipients were then chosen strategically to ensure quality, high-value initiatives with the broadest geographic and demographic coverage across Canada, and to make sure that these opportunities were inclusive of traditionally under-represented groups.

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