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Canada’s digital economy: leave no one behind

By Alan Shepard, Guylaine Beaudry      

The more fortunate among us hold life-changing technologies in the palm of our hand. But if we reach out to Canada’s least equipped for the digital economy, a more prosperous future for all is within our grasp.

In January, Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains announced the CanCode initiative, which will provide nearly one million K-12 students with basic coding skills. Yes, coding is already becoming automated. But if students are to understand how new technologies can be applied to solve real-world problems, they will need the 21st-century equivalent of knowing how their calculator works. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

In the space of a decade, the digital revolution has changed how we consume, communicate, and collaborate. Already, more than 83 per cent of Canadian jobs require the daily use of a computer. How are we equipping Canadian workers to handle this shifting digital landscape?

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