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How to fund digital equity in Canada - a guide for funders (2022)

By:
CIRA  
Posted on:
November 29, 2022

Another useful report from CIRA. But important to point out that this report is focused on philanthropic institutions, not government funders. While government funders can learn from this report, their ability to impact at scale is very different, and that is a very different conversation.

However, still useful.

"Why fund digital equity?

With many seeing online connectivity as an essential human right, digital equity is crucial to our society, economy and democracy. However, digital inequity has become a serious problem in communities across the country, as millions of Canadians lack even the basics required to connect. Markets and governments have especially failed Northern, rural and Indigenous communities, as well as numerous underserved populations where infrastructure and investment has not materialized in a meaningful way.

While funders may see addressing digital equity gaps as largely the responsibility of government or industry, there are roles for philanthropy to advance the social impacts they seek—and more funders are seeing these roles.

This guide is for funders who are new to digital equity and for anyone who wants to gain an understanding of why and how to fund in this space."

How To Fund Digital Equity In Canada - A Guide for Funders (2022)

Summary

While funders may see addressing digital equity gaps as largely the responsibility of government or industry, there are roles for philanthropy to advance the social impacts they seek—and more funders are seeing these roles.
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