As a strong advocate for Vancouver Quadra students and education I was pleased to support the government’s recent launch of CanCode. This $50-million program will give a million students and schoolteachers the chance to learn digital skills like coding. Helping young Canadians successfully acquire digital skills is becoming a practical necessity.
Economies constantly evolve and our government recognizes the need to stimulate innovation, and ready the workforce for an increasingly digital future. This begins with Canadian youth and Canadian science. Nowhere is this more important than in British Columbia, an academic and technology leader. Since being elected, the government has un-muzzled scientists to ensure researchers can speak openly about their work, announced $174 million for research at University of British Columbia alone, and increased basic research funding for 2018.
Equipping young people for the future is essential for Canada’s economy and productivity, and for tackling critical health and environmental sustainability challenges facing us today.