Financial ability should not be a barrier to gaining the digital skills needed in today’s schools and workplaces.

By distributing computers, at little or no cost, to schools, libraries and community organizations, the CFS program enables the development of digital skills – providing Canadians with education and skills building opportunities, and access to equipment.

Historically, 80% of computers delivered through the CFS program have found their way into Canadian schools. As noted in a Statistics Canada study on computer access in schools, access to computers in schools exposes young people to ICT that they can use to expand their knowledge. The study goes on to state that computers give young people skills to face future challenges in the use of rapidly changing technologies in the workplace, therefore establishing a linkage between access and knowledge and skills.

This is the third consecutive semester that 65% or more of our students have been able to find employment. And all of them made it very clear in their course evaluations that their success was directly related to the fact that computer training was included in the curriculum and computers were made available for their use.

— George Green, Instructor/Coordinator, Targeted Initiatives for Older Workers, Whitehorse, Yukon

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Through the use of the Technical Work Experience Program (TWEP) funding from Employment and Social Development Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy, the CFS program also provided technical employment to thousands youth over the years. Youth hired by CFS gain experience relevant to future careers in ICT as they are provided with hands-on training in computer refurbishment activities, software testing and other administrative-related work.