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Overcoming Digital Divides - a Focus on Low-Income Communities (webinar recording)

By: Marco Campana
April 10, 2021

What can be done to ensure low-income households can secure needed digital resources and reliable internet connectivity to excel during this trying time? What policy solutions can help enhance low-income communities’ access to quality internet?

Especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, people living in Canada are at an all-time need for increased access to internet, computers, and tablet devices for e-learning and remote work. However, low-income communities continue to report lower rates for internet access, affordability, and quality.

The Overcoming Digital Divides: Workshop Series is a six-part Ryerson Leadership Lab workshop series to accelerate solutions to overcome Canada’s digital divides. This series aims to understand the complex digital divides in Canada and their impacts among the general public and key decision-makers in Canada. Find out more and sign up for future workshops here.

This panel conversation from April 7, 2021 includes speakers:

  • Viveca Ellis, Interim Community Organizer, BC Poverty Reduction Coalition
  • Toby Harper-Merrett, Executive Director, Computers for Success Canada
  • Erin Knight, Access Campaigns Lead and Digital Rights Campaigner at OpenMedia
  • Dionne Pelan, Computer and Drop-in Programs Coordinator, UBC Learning Exchange

Download a transcript of the session (PDF).

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