Participation in Canada's digital economy

When: Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 08:00 - 10:00

Where: Ottawa

Paying a bill. Reading the news. Planning a trip. Sharing photos with family and friends. Buying groceries.

How did you perform these tasks ten years ago? How do you do so today? For many of us, the internet is an indispensable part of our day. It allows us to collect information, connect with colleagues and clients, engage with stakeholders down the block or across the Atlantic, and complete personal tasks quickly.

But a significant percentage of Canadians still do not have access to the internet. And not just because they can’t. Many Canadians do not recognize the value of engaging in the digital world. Digital literacy is one of nine essential skills, including literacy, numeracy, and written and oral communications that every Canadian requires in the workplace. These skills also contribute to increasing our social, and political engagement, impact our health, and that of our families.

The Public Policy Forum is hosting a multi-faceted policy discussion about causes and the impact of low digital literacy. During the discussion we will review the recent findings of an Ipsos study on Participation in the Digital Economy. It recognizes that access to the internet is only part of the equation and looks in greater depth at who is participating in the digital economy and the barriers to increased participation.

Our event speakers are:

  • Cheryl Jensen, President of Algonquin College
  • Mike Colledge, President, Canadian Public Affairs, Ipsos Reid
  • Stephen Johnston, Director General of the Workplace Partnerships Directorate, Employment Skills Development Canada

Participation at this event is by invitation only. For more information, please contact Chantale Mercier at or by phone at 613-238-7858, ext. 291.