Since 1993, the Computers for Schools Plus (CFS+) program has helped extend the useful life of electronic equipment, reduce the environmental impact of electronic waste and offered practical work internships to young Canadians to help them develop advanced digital skills for the job market.
As of August 2023, CFS+ celebrated its 30th year of operations! Since it’s inception CFS+ has:
- provided over 8,500 youth internships;
- refurbished and distributed almost 2 million devices; and,
- diverted over 11,900 tons of e-waste from landfills by reusing the donated devices that the program received.
30 Years of Making a Difference
The addition of "Plus" in Computers for Schools Plus (CFS+) builds on 30 years of success in serving communities across Canada to provide a wide range of computer equipment to an expanded audience of recipients. Originally, computers were only provided to schools. Today, the CFS+ program also provides computers and other digital devices to assist libraries, not-for-profit organizations, Indigenous communities and eligible low-income Canadians. This is achieved through CFS+, the CFS+ Internship program and the Connecting Families initiative.
The CFS+ program has made some significant changes to make it even easier for all Canadians, including youth and under-represented groups, to access the internet and acquire the skills and training needed to work in today's digital economy.
CFS+ also helps the environment
CFS+ is a win-win-win for communities, industry and the environment. CFS+ helps extend the useful life of electronic equipment and keeps e-waste out of landfills.