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Proudly celebrating 25 years of the Computers for Schools program

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MONTREAL, Aug. 14, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Since 1993, the Computers for Schools (CFS) program has helped meet the demand for computers in Canadian classrooms and communities. This August marks the 25th anniversary of the program, a milestone proudly shared by provincial and territorial program affiliates across the country. In the course of those 25 years, the CFS program refurbished and delivered over 1.5 million computers.

This year, Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) also announced the Connecting Families initiative to increase Internet accessibility for low-income Canadians. As part of this initiative, a target of 50,000 additional computers will also be distributed to eligible families through the CFS program.

"For the past 25 years, the CFS program has provided individuals from under-represented groups with the tools and educational resources they need to thrive in our society and it is with great pride that we mark this milestone anniversary," said the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED). "The continued growth and success of the program plays an important role in sustaining the innovation culture so crucial to succeeding in the digital economy."

"The Computers for Schools program has provided millions of Canadians with resources and opportunities to build essential digital skills," said Toby Harper-Merrett, Executive Director of CFSC-OPEC. "The continued work of the CFS affiliates contributes to digital access that has become fundamental to economic participation."

"Providing affordable Internet service for low-income families is another important step towards bridging digital divides that perpetuate in Canada," added Mr. Harper-Merrett, noting. "Yet, as the CFS program continues to grow and refurbish more computers, it relies on the support of corporate technology donors."

"The CFS program is about providing opportunities," said Karen Kerr, Executive Director of Computers for Schools Manitoba. "Women are underrepresented in technology occupations - I have been involved with the program since 1995 and have seen first-hand how CFS provides resources to help make digital skills accessible to women and other under-represented groups."

About the CFS program
CFS is a national program that refurbishes computers donated by government, private business and individuals, for use by schools, libraries, registered not-for- profit organizations and Indigenous communities.

About CFSC
Computers for Success Canada (CFSC-OPEC) is a not-for-profit organization established in 2005 in support of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada program impacts of digital inclusion and economic participation. CFSC-OPEC's services stand in four pillars - marketing and communications, partnership development, project management, and strategic planning.

Contact
Julie Brouard
Manager, Communications
Computers for Success – Canada Inc.
julie.brouard@cfsc-opec.org
514-793-8073

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