Canada Learning Code Launches National Fleet of Code Mobiles Offering Free Coding Workshops to Canadian Youth

13 Code Mobiles equipped with the teams, tools, & technology will bring digital learning and fun to communities all across Canada

For immediate release: April 27, 2018 | DOWNLOAD PDF HERE

MISSISSAUGA – Canada Learning Code launched Canada’s boldest educational outreach initiative: a national fleet of 13 Code Mobiles to bring technology education to big cities and remote communities across Canada. The Code Mobiles fleet has been made possible thanks to the Federal Government’s support with funding from CanCode. Canadians can book at visit at CodeMobile.ca.

Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, the Hon. Navdeep Bains, CEO of Canada Learning Code Melissa Sariffodeen, and Microsoft Canada’s Citizenship and Corporate Affairs Lead Raman Dang were joined by 100 grade 5 students at Whitehorn Public School for the national Code Mobile kick off and the students participated in a Code Mobile Tech Fair.

Canada Learning Code is a leading learn-to-code charity that believes digital skills are tools of empowerment. Our goal is to ensure that all Canadians – particularly women, girls, people with disabilities, Indigenous youth and newcomers – who have been historically underrepresented in the sector are given equal opportunity to build our future. The power of the Code Mobiles to reach rural and remote communities all across Canada will go a long way in achieving our goal.

Whether in Toronto, Tofino, or Tuktoyaktuk, the fleet of Code Mobiles are available to visit communities large and small all across Canada. Schools, community groups, and parents can visit CodeMobile.ca to request a visit for youth in their community and a Code Mobile will come equipped with the team, tools, and technology for a day of digital fun and learning.

“Launching the Code Mobile fleet is literally putting innovation into motion! Our government is committed to investing in our number one asset: our talent. We want young Canadians to succeed by having the right skills for the middle class jobs of the future.”

– The Hon. Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

"We’re hitting the road in a big way. Thanks to the investment from the CanCode fund, we’re launching a fleet of 13 Code Mobiles with one bold mission: to introduce 140,000+ youth and educators across Canada to the power of tech. Book your visit at CodeMobile.ca today!”

– Melissa Sariffodeen, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Canada Learning Code

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Canada Learning Code’s fleet of Code Mobiles will offer opportunities for coding and digital skills development for children aged 6-12 all across Canada with a specific focus on engaging youth that are typically underrepresented in the tech industry: girls, Indigenous youth, youth living in low-income, rural and remote communities.

Canada Learning Code’s fleet of Code Mobiles be stationed in 13 regions and travel throughout Canada: Quebec City, Calgary, Sudbury, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Moncton + Fredericton, Halifax, Waterloo + London, Kelowna, Toronto, Peterborough, Montreal, Saskatoon

With the support of CanCode, the fleet will visit community centres, schools, parks, summer camps, Indigenous reserves, street festivals, hospitals, and anywhere else we can park a Code Mobile and pop-up our lab.

To book a visit go to CodeMobile.ca. Learn more about CanCode offered by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

About Canada Learning Code

Canada Learning Code is a leading national charity championing digital literacy education, working nation-wide and across all sectors to equip Canadians with technical skills. To date, the organization has taught over 80,000 learners through their programs, which are offered in through over 30 Chapters across the country and the national Code Mobile fleet.

Founded as Ladies Learning Code in 2011, the organization has evolved to run programming for adults, youth and educators through programs Ladies, Girls, Kids, Teens and Teachers Learning Code.  

Canada Learning Code’s goal is to create 10 million technology learning experiences for Canadians over the next ten years. Technical skills are a tool of empowerment, and it is the organization’s mission to ensure that all Canadians - particularly those who are currently underrepresented in the tech sector - have access to learn these critical skills and be active participants in the digital age.

 

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