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Community Access Program helps connect seniors with mobile technology

New program delivers practical training on how to use tablets and other mobile devices

 

Halifax, Nova Scotia – February 12, 2015 – The Nova Scotia Community Access Program (NSCAP) is launching a new initiative aimed at providing seniors with skills and confidence in using mobile technologies. The program, called “Connecting older adults with mobile technology” officially launches today across the province. Development of the program was completed thanks to a $58,650 grant from the .CA Community Investment Program, which provides funding for projects that enhance the Internet for the benefit of all Canadians.

 

“Connecting older adults with mobile technology” will ensure older adults can easily find and make use of online information and communicate using mobile devices. The program provides orientation, training, and support in the use of these technologies. There are currently 167,000 people over the age of 65 in Nova Scotia, and NSCAP hopes to reach as many people as possible by offering this program in community-based CAP sites all across the province.

 

“We want to meet older adults where they are, both geographically and in terms of their skill level,” said Eric Stackhouse, Chair of NSCAP. “This program will create a comfortable and supportive learning environment that allows Nova Scotia seniors to safely take advantage of all the Internet has to offer.”

 

According to new data released from .CA Community Investment Program and Ipsos Reid, 86 per cent of Canadians, including those over 55 (90%) and those caring for a parent over 65 (87%), agree that providing better access to the Internet, along with training on how to use it, would help older Canadians stay better connected to their communities and families.

 

“It is critical that the benefits of the Internet extend to Canada’s seniors. With basic training and small adaptations, tablets, e-readers and mobile phones can be important sources of information and social connection for those who might be less comfortable with technology,” said David Fowler, Director of Marketing and Communications for .CA. “The .CA Community Investment Program was designed to fund these innovative approaches to digital literacy and inclusion.”

 

The program will offer beginner, basic, and advanced training options and will include topics such as: choosing the right device, understanding the technology, finding useful applications, and accessing ongoing support.

 

NSCAP is one of 29 organizations to receive funding in the first year of the .CA Community Investment Program.

 

For more information on how to register for “Connecting older adults with mobile technology” visit www.nscap.ca or call 1-844-539-9063 (toll free)

 


 

About NSCAP

The Nova Scotia Community Access Program (NSCAP) connects people to technology, training and opportunities to open doors locally, nationally, and worldwide for growth and development. NSCAP has several ongoing province-wide projects such as the introduction of 3D printing, robotics clubs for youth, and small business technology training. Activities of NSCAP are supported, in part, by funding from the Province of Nova Scotia.

 

To learn more about NSCAP or to arrange interviews, please contact:

Eric Stackhouse

Chair of NSCAP

902-755-6031

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About .CA and the Community Investment Program

Through the Community Investment Program, .CA funds projects that demonstrate the capacity to improve the Internet for all Canadians. The .CA team manages Canada’s country code top-level domain on behalf of all Canadians. A Member-driven organization, .CA represents the interests of Canada’s Internet community internationally.

 

The second round of the .CA Community Investment Program is now open for applications at www.cira.ca.

 

To learn more about the CIP and to arrange interviews with the .CA Community Investment Program, please contact:

Ryan Saxby Hill
Communications Manager for .CA
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613-316-2397

EBusiness Roadshow Coming to a Community Near You

 The Sobey School Business Development Centre (in partnership with the Province of Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Community Access Program) will be showcasing a free online ‘toolkit’ for businesses at 15 locations across Nova Scotia on September 25th.

This toolkit offers an assessment and resources to help businesses learn how to be more efficient in their everyday operations through the use of online technology. Businesses will find out how to better connect with customers, be more competitive and strategic, as well as streamline existing processes.

The goal of the eBusiness program is to connect the business community with their local Community Access Program (CAP) site to access information, training opportunities, and engage in coaching where available. Following the launch, the program aims to develop individual training sessions to be rolled out across the province based on feedback from businesses attending the launch. Webinars will also be developed.

The launch is free to attend and refreshments will be provided. The launch runs from 1-3pm in the following communities: 

Amherst

Antigonish

Baddeck

Bridgetown

Bridgewater

Guysborough

Halifax/Dartmouth

New Glasgow

Scotsville

Sydney

Truro

Wedgeport

Windsor

Yarmouth 

For more information and to register visit: goo.gl/X1v3qm

 


 

More about the Sobey School Business Development Centre

The Sobey School Business Development Centre at Saint Mary’s University has been successfully delivering training and consulting programs throughout Atlantic Canada for over ten years. We focus on delivering training that is personal and relevant to your business.

More about the Nova Scotia Community Access Program 

The Nova Scotia Community Access Program (NSCAP) is a network of community-based technology centres connecting people to technology, training, and opportunities that open doors locally, nationally and worldwide for growth and development.

 


Contact: Lianne Perry, Senior Project Manager

Sobey School Business Development Centre, Saint Mary’s University

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eBusiness Toolkit

Instagram Scavenger Hunt

The Nova Scotia Community Access Program (NSCAP) is excited to join Mashable and other friends in the WORLDWIDE celebration of Social Media Day on June 30, 2014 in Sydney, NS. Other participating areas include Arizona, New York City, Toronto, Dublin, San Jose and San Carlos, California.

Social Media Day NS will kick off at 2pm at the Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion and will end at 4pm. Between now and then, locals are invited to register their team of 2 (must be 16+) by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or get tickets on EventBrite. Registration is free.

Teams will have 2 hours to complete the scavenger hunt. Each team will be given a set of clues leading them around downtown Sydney. The first team to cross the finish line and successfully complete the most challenges on the scavenger hunt will win the grand prize courtesy of NSCAP. The second place team will receive supplemental prizes from downtown Sydney businesses.

Here's how it works:

1. Between now and June 30, locals are invited to put together a team of two, pick a name and register (Must be 16+). Registration is free. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register.

2. On Monday, June 30 between 1 pm and 2 pm, teams will check-in at Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion. The race will begin at 2 pm sharp!

3. Teams will be given a set of clues leading them to complete challenges around downtown Sydney. At each check-in, teams are required to snap a photo using Instagram. Each post must include the hashtag #SMDayNS, @NovaScotiaCAP, and the hashtag of the clue's location.

4. Teams need to cross the finish line at the Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion no later than 4 pm to qualify for the first place, and second place.

5. During the scavenger hunt, the judges will be tracking the teams’ progress. No cars allowed!

6. Winning is simple. The first team to cross the finish line and successfully complete the most tasks will claim a prize. The first place team will receive a grand prize courtesy of NSCAP. The second place team will receive supplemental prizes courtesy of businesses in downtown Sydney.

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Nova Scotia Community Access Program receives over $58,000 in new funding New national program funds projects that enhance Canada’s Internet

Nova Scotia, May 30 – The Nova Scotia Community Access Program (NSCAP) has received $58,650 from the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) to fund a new project, “Connecting Our Elders: Mobile Technology for Seniors”. This project was developed to ensure senior citizens can easily discover and make use of online information and communicate using mobile devices. The program provides orientation, training, and support in the use of these technologies. Using the existing NSCAP network, this program will be available to the 167,000 Nova Scotians aged 65 and over through 50 community based sites.

CIRA manages the .CA domain and also has a mandate to carry out other activities that support the Internet in Canada. Earlier this year, CIRA launched a Community Investment Program (CIP), to provide funding to community groups, not-for-profits and academic institutions for projects they could demonstrate would enhance the Internet for the benefit of all Canadians. Just over $1 million was earmarked for the first edition of the CIP.

The Nova Scotia Community Access Program is one of only 28 organizations to receive funding in the first edition of the CIP, from among 129 applicants. These funds will be used to improve web access, online services, and safety to a large and growing sector of the population who is within the digital divide. Older adults encounter many barriers when it comes to using mobile devices to access the Internet. Issues such as choosing the best device, understanding the technology, finding useful applications, and accessing ongoing support, all contribute to their negative experience with the Internet. With assistance from the CIRA funding, NSCAP proposes to move this experience to the positive.

“We thank CIRA for recognizing how important our project is to seniors in Nova Scotia,” said Eric Stackhouse, Chair of NSCAP. “We will certainly put these funds to good use and welcome the opportunity to work with CIRA again in the future on initiatives that allow Canadians to safely take advantage of all the Internet has to offer.”

“The enthusiastic response we saw from applicants across the country is evidence of CIRA’s long-standing conviction that the Internet has become a critical daily tool in the lives of all Canadians,” said Byron Holland, CEO of CIRA. “Our selection committee faced a difficult task to review and choose from among 129 applications, representing more than $6.8 million in requests. I want to personally congratulate the Nova Scotia Community Access Program as one of our first funding recipients.”

The list of CIP recipients and summaries of their individual projects is available on CIRA’s website.

 

About NSCAP

The Nova Scotia Community Access Program (NSCAP) connects people to technology, training and opportunities to open doors locally, nationally, and worldwide for growth and development. NSCAP has several ongoing province-wide projects such as the introduction of 3D printing, robotics clubs for youth, and small business technology training.

website: www.nscap.ca

To learn more about NSCAP or to arrange interviews, please contact:

Eric Stackhouse

Chair of NSCAP

902-755-6031

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About CIRA

The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) manages the .CA top-level domain, Canada’s online identifier, on behalf of all Canadians. A Member-driven organization, CIRA also facilitates the development of a better Internet for all Canadians, and represents the .CA registry internationally.

To learn more about the CIP and to arrange interviews with CIRA, please contact:

Tanya O’Callaghan

Communications Manager, Canadian Internet Registration Authority

(613) 237-5335 ext. 262

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