CanCode eligibility criteria

From: Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada


The CanCode program is now closed for new applications.

The CanCode program aims to provide coding and digital skills learning opportunities to students from kindergarten to grade 12 (K-12) across Canada, including traditionally underrepresented groups, as well as their teachers.

Essential criteria for assessment

To qualify for funding, the organizations:

  • Must have been a not-for-profit organization incorporated in Canada; and
  • Must have had a minimum of three years experience in the delivery of coding and digital education programs to K-12 youth and/or their teachers.

The proposals had to clearly demonstrate that:

  • The proposed initiative meets the objectives of the program in terms of target participants and content (e.g. computational thinking, coding concepts, programming robotics, internet safety, teacher training);
  • The initiative will be delivered at no cost to participants;
  • With program funding, the organizations have the resource capacity and expertise, either internally or through partnerships, to successfully deliver the proposed initiative; and
  • The organization can deliver the proposed initiative within the program timeframe.

Asset criteria for assessment

While not essential requirements, proposals were also assessed on the degree to which they include one or more of the following elements:

  • Content that maps to provincial/territorial educational curricula (e.g. lessons for teachers on how to integrate coding/digital skills into the classroom; topics/content that support current curricula);
  • Development of tools and resources that will be made available to students and teachers following a learning opportunity, and which could reinforce or continue learning, and/or reach a broader audience;
  • Partnerships with other organizations, such as school boards, teacher associations, community organizations, and other organizations delivering coding/digital skills;
  • Private sector funding or partnerships that can leverage federal contributions to deliver programming to a wider audience or to enhance or expand initiatives and content;
  • A demonstrated ability to reach traditionally underrepresented groups such as girls, Indigenous youth, disabled youth, and at-risk youth;
  • A demonstrated ability to deliver services on First Nations Reserves; or
  • A demonstrated ability to reach underserved locations in Canada, such as rural, remote and northern communities.

Contact information

For general questions and comments, please contact the CanCode program.

Telephone (toll-free in Canada): 1-800-328-6189
Telephone (Ottawa): 613-954-5031
Fax: 343-291-1913
TTY (for hearing-impaired): 1-866-694-8389
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Ottawa, ON  K1A 0H5

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