Digital Literacy Exchange Program

Organization name: 
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada,
Deadline date: 
Wednesday, September 7, 2022 - 1:00pm
Fixed date
RFP status: 

Digital Literacy Exchange Program

Federal funding opportunity from Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada


Funded by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, the Digital Literacy Exchange Program (DLEP) supports initiatives aimed at teaching digital literacy skills to Canadians who face barriers to participating in the digital economy. The program aims to equip Canadians with the necessary skills to use computers, mobile devices and the Internet safely, securely and effectively. The DLEP aligns with the Universal Access principle of Canada's Digital Charter to support all Canadians in fully embracing the digital economy.

The DLEP was launched in 2018, and in its first phase, it supported training of more than 400,000 participants from under-represented groups. The project funding of $17.6 million for the
second phase will be available from 2022–23 to 2024–25 and the deadline to apply is September 7, 2022.

Why this is important

While 91% of Canadians aged 15 and older use the Internet (Canadian Internet Use Survey 2018), there are still groups who are new to using the Internet or who haven't fully discovered the benefits of being online. These groups include seniors, individuals who have not completed high school, Indigenous people, individuals who do not speak English or French at home, persons with disabilities, newcomers to Canada and low-income individuals, and people living in northern, rural and remote communities.

Program criteria

The Digital Literacy Exchange Program is a contribution program that supports not-for-profit organizations in the development and delivery of fundamental digital literacy skills training to Canadians who would benefit from increased participation in the digital economy.

Program eligibility

To qualify for funding, applicants are required to be a not-for-profit organization that is incorporated in Canada and the application must clearly demonstrate that:

• The organization has 3 years of experience in the delivery of digital literacy initiatives with a proven track record of success;
• he proposed initiative will target underrepresented groups in the digital economy;
• The proposed initiative will be delivered at no cost to participants;
• With program funding, your organization will have the resource capacity and expertise, either internally or through partnerships, to successfully deliver the proposed initiative within the program timeframe and to measure and report on success;
• Your organization will provide a detailed project costs plan (Budget) for the proposed initiative.