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

June 13, 2014 – Moncton, New Brunswick – 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.

The Honourable Rob Moore, Regional Minister for New Brunswick and Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency), and Robert Goguen, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Member of Parliament for Moncton–Riverview–Dieppe, today celebrated the recent announcement of 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.

Last year more than 6,850 computers were provided to schools in New Brunswick, including 2,425 in the Moncton area and 89 in Aboriginal communities. More than 118,000 computers have been distributed in the province since Computers for Schools was created.

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.


"Our government recognizes that the next generation will deal with increasingly competitive markets in which it will be imperative to stand out on national and international stages as well as in the virtual world. Initiatives like the Computers for Schools Program are helping prepare our youth for the exciting challenges of the future by ensuring that they have the necessary skills to compete in a digital world."

– The Honourable Rob Moore, Regional Minister for New Brunswick and Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency)

"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. Our government's investment will help ensure that students in New Brunswick and across Canada have the right tools to succeed."

– Robert Goguen, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Member of Parliament for Moncton–Riverview–Dieppe

"Premier David Alward recognizes the importance of investing in New Brunswick's resources, including our human resources, to build a stronger province with a robust economy and brighter future. The Computers for Schools Program enables young New Brunswickers to get hands-on experience with today's technology so they'll be ready to seize tomorrow's opportunities and help rebuild our province as a place of new opportunities for everyone. I want to thank the Government of Canada for its renewed funding of this great initiative."

– The Honourable Marie-Claude Blais, Q.C., New Brunswick Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development

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Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

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