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ICCNS Community Access Program Press Release 2012 v2

ICCNS Community Access Program Press Release 2012 v2

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Press Release from Inverness County C@P Network Society in response to cuts to C@P funding.
Press Release from Inverness County C@P Network Society in response to cuts to C@P funding.

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Community Access Program (CAP) in Inverness CountyBuilding Stronger Communities through Technology
 
Inverness County C@P Network Society 2012 Page 1
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 16, 2012
Closure of the Community Access Program (CAP) will have a negative impacton communities across Inverness County.
Industry Canada cut funding for the Community Access Program (C@P) on April 5
th
, 2012. Theclosure of C@P sites will have a direct negative impact on residents, businesses and communitiesacross Inverness County.There are 14 C@P Sites in Inverness County. These sites provide Internet access tocommunication technology and information and as well as training. The Inverness County C@PNetwork Society (ICCNS) has provided these 14 communities with administrative, managementand planning support since 2002.ICCNS has provided each C@P site with a summer student and some with a part-time winterstudent, for a total of 
129
youth employment positions over the past 8 years. Last year weprovided employment for 20 youth.
Vincent Hines, a university student from Meat Cove, commented, “
I believe most, if not all of the community, would agree that the C@P site is the heart of this community. I, like so manyothers depend on the C@P site.
 The federal government has stated that it will continue to fund the Youth C@P Intern Program,but most of our community C@P sites will close as a result of this funding cut and there will beno coordinator in place to administrate it. This will result in anywhere from 12- 20 student jobslost.The majority of residents of Inverness County may have
access
to broadband, however barriersto internet access and computers still exist for many. Two of the biggest barriers are affordabilityand digital literacy. Many cannot afford a computer or the cost of a broadband connection.
 
Community Access Program (CAP) in Inverness CountyBuilding Stronger Communities through Technology
 
Inverness County C@P Network Society 2012 Page 2
We have a growing population of people and businesses with low or no digital skills. C@Pfocuses on the need to provide digital literacy skills
necessary in today’s on
-line world.ICCNS has recently provided social media training to tourism and small business operators,computer training to seniors, and Microsoft training and workshops. C@P Youth Interns providecomputer assistance and training as well as summer computer camps to kids. With appropriatefunding, ICCNS plans to continue providing and expanding upon these training needs.ICCNS receives from Industry Canada $2,500 for each C@P site and $15,000 for coordination.This does not cover all CAP site-operating costs, but it does cover some core costs, likeconnectivity or a new computer.The $15,000 allocated for coordination does not cover the costs of the ICCNS coordinator for theyear, but provides enough funding for that person to work on C@P initiatives and other fundingopportunities that benefit the network and their communities.In the past 8 years, ICCNS has secured over $619,000 in project funding, which providedemployment to 43 adults. We have taken $120,000 in coordination funding and generated$619,000 in project funding, dollars that have come into our region. How many federalprograms can boast that kind of return?"Cutting Cap Site Programming goes well beyond the computer labs themselves and those whodepend on them for technology, like using the Internet to access government websites, forexample." says Dwayne MacEachern, Acting Chair of ICCNS. "These cuts go right to the heartof many community organizations who house the sites."We cannot loose any more community programs, especially economic driver for our county. If you do not want to see your local C@P site close, we urge you to go to www.savecap.ca,  complete the form letter addressed to the Minster of Industry, and have your voice heard.

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