#ConnectingFamilies

As part of the Government of Canada’s digital skills, accessibility, and Internet programs that encourage economic development, the Connecting Families Initiative addresses Internet affordability for low-income Canadian families.

In partnership with leading Canadian Internet service providers (ISPs), the initiative offers a $10 monthly Internet plan to selected eligible families. Additionally, up to 50,000 free refurbished computers are being made available.

CFSC-OPEC plays a key role in this multi-sector initiative, managing the online portal that helps qualify and securely connect selected eligible families with participating ISPs, as well as overseeing and managing the refurbishment and distribution of computers.

 

I just wanted to let you all know how grateful my son and I are that you have this program, and for the computer that was delivered to us. This is absolutely amazing, having our own computer will save us a lot of time and energy. I really can’t find the words that could fully express my gratitude but please know that this is really going to impact our lives in a very positive way. Thank you. A million times over, thank you.

— Nicole, AB

“If only you knew how happy my kids are. They will finally be able to do all their homework at home.”

— Karine, QC

“I can’t thank you enough. I never, ever thought I’d have a computer. Being a single mom on disability, I’ve never had an opportunity to purchase a computer, laptop or iPad. I just use a phone that is extremely expensive. For me and my kids, it costs more than heat and electricity and leaves no money for food or entertainment for kids. Our family appreciates this opportunity immensely.”

— Catherine, BC

“Thank you so much. I have received the computer and I am grateful and my son is super excited, so excited that he has cleaned his room (without a fight) to make space for what he is calling ‘his’ computer. This is our first desktop so we are no longer at the mercy of others. We are going to set it up this weekend but so far it looks great – after we plug it in it will look even better!”

— Lygia, ON

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CFS Nunavut

CFSC-OPEC is working with the Pinnguaq Association to offer learning opportunities for youth in Nunavut communities. Computers for Success Nunavut’s goal is to establish a sustainable and inclusive network of communities across Nunavut. CFSC-OPEC manages the roll-out of laptops and onsite training through Pinnguaq.

 

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#WelcomeRefugees

In 2016, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada delivered 7,500 refurbished computers to Syrian refugees in Canada. CFSC coordinated these efforts through the CFS program.

These computers provided refugee families with tools for education and employment, as well as access to important digital resources and a means to stay connected with their families overseas. Partnerships with Microsoft, CN, CIBC, MediaSmarts, Telus, and Facebook supported the offering of computers and services in support of this project.

 

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