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Delivering computers to Syrian Families 

March 14 2016, Toronto ON 

Renewed Computer Technology (RCT) is pleased to share that the Honourable Minister of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development has announced Canada’s investment to provide computers for Syrian Families as part of the National #WelcomeRefugees initiative through Computers for Success Canada (CFSC).

Through Computers for Success Canada (CFSC), RCT will provide a free refurbished laptop to Syrian Families landing in Ontario until December 31st 2016 on a first come first served basis. RCT, operating the Computers for Schools program in Ontario, has already begun to distribute laptops across the province by partnering with refugee resettlement organizations and School Boards who work directly with Syrian Families.

“RCT has already forged 9 partnerships and over 500 laptops are committed to Syrian Families that have arrived in Canada”, said Shauna L. McCaffrey, RCT’s Executive Director. “We are hoping to empower each family as they arrive by equipping them with pre-loaded digital modules such as job search, interviews tips as well as technical skills for setting up a wireless network or learning the software provided on their laptop.”

RCT will continue to provide support with a one year limited parts and labour depot warranty from the date the laptop is received by the family. Each computer will come loaded with Windows Operating System, Microsoft Office Suite and skill development software to equip them with everything they need to utilize the computer to its full potential.

RCT is dedicated to providing affordable computers in communities across Ontario to empower all low-income learners through its RCTech OUTREACH program. For over 20 years RCT has been operating the Computers for Schools program, using donations and government funding to refurbish, reuse, and recycle technology. RCT’s primary mission is to make technology accessible to students, educators, and not-for-profit organizations.

In addition, CFSC-OPEC has partnered with several organizations to bundle complementary services, resulting in a more robust offering for resettling refugees:

  • The Canada Research Chair in Sociocultural Issues of Digital Technologies in Education is providing expertise in program design.
  • CIBC is offering a low-cost banking package for new Canadians.
  • CN, a long-standing ISED partner, is providing cartage for donated computers across the country.
  • Facebook is offering MediaSmarts online safety information in Arabic.
  • Microsoft is donating Windows and Office licences for every computer destined for Syrian refugee households from coast to coast.

For more information on how to receive computers through the #WelcomeRefugees project and for a complete list of Frequently Asked Questions please visit Initiatives.

 Photos from the Event 

 Partners: ISED, CFSC, CFS, Facebook, Microsoft, and CultureLink gather to congratulate family   MP Ahmed Hussen, Hon. Minister Bains, Ibrahim Absiye, S McCaffrey, MP Jowhari, Toby Harper-Merrit
 Hon. Minister Bains delivers laptop to Syrian Family   Hon. Minister Navdeep Bains announces $1.25M investment
   RCT's #WelcomeRefugees Project Team with Hon.Minister Bains 

 In the News 

1. CBC News - Thousands of Syrian Refugees to receive Refurbished Computers 
2. Global News - 7,500 Refurbished computers provided to Syrian Refugees in Canada
3. Marketwired - Government of Canada invests in giving computers to Syrian families 
4. Tribune - Canada gives computers to Syrian Refugees 
5. Yahoo News - Government of Canada invest in Computer for Syrian Families 
6. 680 News - Thousands of refurbished computers to be delivered to Syrian Families 
7. CityNews - Thousands of refurbished computers delivered to Syrian Families 

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