Community Access Program (CAP)
Industry Canada's Community Access Program (CAP) gives thousands of
Canadians free access to the Internet in places like schools, community
centres and libraries. The aim of the program is to provide effective
access to Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs), such as
the Internet and even basic computer access, to those who otherwise
face barriers to access.
In Vancouver and the Lower Mainland, VCN
hosts the program that awards CAP
funding between 102 Non-Profits. VCN also administers the Community Access Program Youth
Initiative (CAPYI) which provides employment opportunities and work
experience in order to facilitate Canadian Youth in their transition
into the labor market. Twice a year, Youth Interns are trained and placed in
different CAP sites to assist the computer labs and offer the
organizations support. The program also supports a small Tech
Team to support these CAP locations providing technical support.
The strength of CAP and CAPYI is in their
provision of computer training, support, and resources to help
community members to develop the skill set necessary utilizing ICTs and
to provide assistance in navigating government websites and electronic
According to Statistics Canada, the following groups are
in highest need of services offered by CAP: Aboriginals, older
Canadians, Canadians with low income or low education, Francophone, new
immigrants, and people in rural areas. Therefore, the focus is
primarily to assist in 'Bridging the Digital Divide'.
In the 2009-2010 CAP year the successes of CAP and the CAPYI interns were documented in the CAPYI online magazine.
Check out all the CAP sites in your community.