The Federal Government states CAP "has achieved its objectives".
Here are the real facts:
Community Access Program (CAP) objectives are to ensure all Canadians have equal access to the Internet and technology and have the skills to use it to better their lives and their communities.
Usage of CAP sites is still the same or more than in 1995 and training sessions are constantly in demand. Industry Canada knows this.
CAP site coordinators and volunteers contribute about 630,000 volunteer hours each year to British Columbia's rural CAP sites, providing an estimated $9.5 million in services to the British Columbia Economy. Over 1 million one hour uses of a computer in Nova Scotia alone.
Why do we need CAP? Get a local perspective, watch now...
The CBC reports on CAP's impact, watch now...
What Can I Do?
Start by contacting your local Member of Parliament and say why you value Community Internet Access and training. We suggest you call, visit, write or email. Use the Contact your MP link on the sidebar to find contact information.
Then let Minister of Industry Christian Paradis know you want CAP re-instated and why. Use this form.
CLA releases CAP Toolkit
All Canadian Library Association members are encouraged to contact their Members of Parliament to protest the cut and urge them to reconsider the value of the program.
The CLA Member Toolkit for CAP provides you with a sample letter to send to your MP, details on requesting a meeting, key speaking points, and information on how to contact MPs.
Do you have stories about the impact of CAP in your community? Share them with your MP, in a letter or in person. These stories provide strong evidence of the importance of the program.
Contact your MP today!
Click here for the CAP Toolkit.
Click here for the CLA Press Release on the cut to CAP.
Who depends on CAP?
- Those without high speed Internet access
- Low income and struggling families
- Job seekers
- Seniors and older workers
- New Canadians
- Canadians who need to connect to Government Services
- Workers who travel, especially in rural areas
- Youth who need first time employment and technology skills
- Canadians just like you
What does it cost?
42 cents per Canadian per year, less than the price of a phone call.