About this Report
Leveling Up: The Quest for Digital Literacy maps the digital literacy education and training landscape in Canada. It highlights the types of digital skills that people in Canada are pursuing, sheds light on barriers to access, and identifies existing gaps and potential opportunities to improve the development and supply of digital literacy skills.
The growth of digital literacy programs in Canada is exciting. There is a wide array of programs available with promising delivery models and curricula. Some operate entirely within the formal K–12 and post-secondary education systems, while others are led by non-profit and private sector actors working alongside—and sometimes in partnership with—schools, colleges, and universities. However, the landscape of opportunities for learning digital skills is fragmented and difficult for some learners to navigate. Many people in Canada are at risk of falling through the cracks, unsure of what skills they are missing or how to develop them.
Read this report to help you:
- Understand how public, non-profit, and private organizations make up the formal and informal digital literacy education and training systems in Canada, and how they work together;
- Explore a framework for understanding types and levels of digital literacy and skills, and the range of digital literacy education and training programs that Canadians are pursuing;
- Understand barriers to digital access, and other factors contributing to the digital divide across the country;
- Learn about opportunities to improve access to and delivery of digital literacy education and training in Canada, from targeted support for underserved or disadvantaged people to mid-career training, more training for teachers, and rigorous evaluation of what’s working and what isn’t.