CanCode assessment criteria


The CanCode program is accepting new applications for funding. The deadline to submit an application is 23:59:59 PST on Tuesday, April 30, 2019.

The CanCode program aims to provide coding and digital skills learning experiences to students from kindergarten to grade 12 (K-12) across Canada, including traditionally underrepresented groups, as well as their teachers.

Essential criteria for assessment

To qualify for funding, the organizations:

  • must be a not-for-profit organization incorporated in Canada; and
  • must have a minimum of three years experience in the delivery of coding and digital skills programs to K-12 youth and/or teachers.

The proposals must clearly demonstrate that:

  • the proposed initiative meets the objectives of the program in terms of target participants (students from kindergarten to grade 12, including traditionally underrepresented groups and/or preservice, elementary and/or secondary teachers) and training content (e.g. computational thinking, coding concepts, programming robotics, data analytics, digital content development, etc.);
  • the initiative will be delivered at no cost to participants (i.e. no user fee);
  • with program funding, the organizations have the resource capacity and expertise, either internally or through partnerships, to successfully deliver the proposed initiative, and;
  • the organization can deliver the proposed initiative within the program timeframe.

Asset criteria for assessment

While not essential requirements, proposals will also be assessed on the degree to which they include one or more of the following elements:

  • content that maps to provincial/territorial educational curricula (e.g. lessons for teachers on how to integrate digital skills including coding into the classroom; topics/content that support current curricula or the development of future curricula);
  • development of tools and resources that will be made available to students and teachers following a learning opportunity, and which could reinforce or continue learning, and/or reach a broader audience;
  • partnerships with other organizations, such as school boards, teacher associations, community organizations, and other organizations delivering digital skills and coding;
  • private sector funding or partnerships that can leverage federal contributions to deliver programming to a wider audience or to enhance or expand initiatives and content;
  • a demonstrated ability to reach traditionally underrepresented groups including girls, Indigenous youth, and/or youth with disabilities;
  • a demonstrated ability to deliver services on First Nations Reserves, and/or;
  • a demonstrated ability to reach rural and remote locations in Canada including in the North.

Note: Depending on the volume of applications received, some or all of these criteria may be used to select organization for funding.

Contact information

For general questions and comments, please contact the CanCode program.

Telephone (toll-free in Canada): 1-800-328-6189
Telephone (Ottawa): 613-954-5031
Fax: 343-291-1913
TTY (for hearing-impaired): 1-866-694-8389
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