March 14, 2016 2:48 pm
Updated: March 14, 2016 4:19 pm

7,500 refurbished computers provided to Syrian refugees in Canada

Minister of Families, Children and Social Development Jean-Yves Duclos looks on as Innovation, Science and Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains responds to a question in the Foyer of the House of Commons on Parilament Hill in Ottawa Thursday, November 5, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld


TORONTO – Resettlement organizations are providing 7,500 refurbished computers to Syrian refugees in Canada with funding help from the federal government.

Under the Computers for Schools program, the equipment is made available at little or no cost, along with digital skills training.

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Navdeep Bain, federal minister of innovation, science and economic development, says it’s an important step to settling into life in Canada.

Ottawa is giving the Computers for Schools program a one-time boost of $1.25 million to help provide the computers and technical support.

In addition, CN is providing shipment of the donated computers and Microsoft is donating Windows and Office licences for the computers for Syrian refugees.

More than 26,000 Syrian refugees have arrived in Canada since late last year.

© 2016 The Canadian Press

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