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Providing young Canadians with hands-on computer experience and skills training to succeed in the digital age

June 6, 2014 – Port Coquitlam, B.C. – Industry Canada

Hundreds of thousands of young people will be given access to digital learning opportunities that they otherwise would not have had, thanks to an investment by the Government of Canada.

Industry Minister James Moore today announced the renewal of the Computers for Schools Program, an initiative that repairs, refurbishes and then donates computers to schools, public libraries and Aboriginal communities to give students access to the equipment and skills they need to succeed in the digital economy.

This investment will put approximately 280,000 computers in schools across Canada and create around 1,000 training opportunities for young people in all areas of digital technology.

The Computers for Schools Program will connect Canadians and support economic opportunities, key elements under Digital Canada 150, the Government's plan for Canada's digital future. The program also promotes the reuse of surplus computers donated by federal, provincial and territorial governments and private businesses. Computers refurbished through the program are provided free of charge to schools, libraries, registered not-for-profit learning organizations and Aboriginal communities.

Quick facts

  • Since its creation, the Computers for Schools Program has refurbished and donated over 1.3 million computers to schools and not-for-profit learning organizations across Canada.
  • In partnership with Canada's Youth Employment Strategy, Computers for Schools has given over 6,000 young Canadians valuable experience in working with digital technologies.
  • The work performed by information technology interns and dedicated volunteers helps extend the life of the computers by three to four years, diverting waste from landfill sites across Canada.


"To succeed in today's economy, students need access to the Internet and the opportunities that our digital world can provide starting at a young age. This investment will give hundreds of thousands of young people access to the digital world. Our government's top priority is creating jobs and economic growth. This program is essential to prepare young Canadians for the opportunities of our digital economy."

– Industry Minister James Moore

"My colleagues across Canada and I are thrilled with the renewed mandate, which allows us to continue our work to support schools, provide youth training and preserve our environment. We are able to achieve enormous benefits for Canada in a myriad of ways simply by delivering an effective reuse program. Computers for Schools has had much to celebrate throughout our 20-year history of working together, and we look forward to greater success over the next four years."

Mary-Em Waddington, Executive Director, B.C. Technology for Learning Society

"The Computers for Schools Program is a win-win in so many ways. Thousands of computers are kept away from the landfill and repurposed to benefit youth in our community. Youth live in a digital world, and giving them access to computers at school will go a long way toward improving their educational experiences and success in the future."

– Greg Moore, Mayor, City of Port Coquitlam

"École Maple Creek Middle School has benefitted immensely from the Computers for Schools Program. With support from the Parent Advisory Council and Computers for Schools, we have been able to purchase enough computers to operate two computer labs as well as add computers in the classroom despite our limited budget. These computers directly assist our students by giving them access to sources of information, helping them learn research skills, giving them tools for presentations and word processing, and providing those who need extra support with assistive technology programs."

– Bill Trask, Principal, École Maple Creek Middle School

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Industry Minister James Moore visits students at École Maple Creek Middle School to celebrate the renewal of the Computers for Schools Program.

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