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
, 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
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
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.