Investing in the youth is an essential part of the Government of Canada's efforts to support an increasingly digital economy and prepare workers for new jobs in emerging industries.

"The digital economy is the economy of the future, and it's essential that young Canadians have the best possible tools to thrive and make Canada a world leader in tomorrow's economy. That's why our government is dedicated to supporting young people, including recent graduates, as they navigate their entry into the job market, equipping them with the needed expertise and capabilities to begin prosperous careers in the ever-evolving digital sectors. This valuable professional experience will empower young individuals with the means to adjust and excel in the economy of tomorrow,” commented Honorable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry.

In line with this, nine not-for-profit organizations in communities across the country will receive $10.68 million in funding as part of the third phase of the Digital Skills for Youth (DS4Y) program.

This investment will support BioTalent, Communautique, ECO Canada, Independent Media Arts Alliance, Lighthouse Labs, Make a Change Canada, Memorial University of Newfoundland, PEI Cultural Human Resources Sector Council and Pinnguaq Association in creating employment opportunities that help equip youth with the skills needed to thrive in the ever-evolving digital economy.

The DS4Y program is part of the government's Youth Employment and Skills Strategy (YESS), which provides Canadian youth with the tools and valuable experience they need to launch successful careers. The program also seeks to bridge the digital divide by helping Canadians develop the skills they need to take advantage of new technologies.