Investment in Nova Scotia’s Digital Economy

The Province of Nova Scotia announced today, March 19, a $16.8 million investment that will allow four Nova Scotia universities to expand and enhance their computer science programs.

Digital skills drive the start-up economy and COVID-19 has accelerated digital adaptation and increased its importance. The digital future is here, and digital skills are essential to creating the jobs of today. Producing more digital talent in Nova Scotia will strengthen our start-up ecosystem across all areas from clean tech to agri-food and ocean sciences.

As Nova Scotia’s digital economy continues to grow, the need for more training opportunities in computer science is essential. To ensure we deepen our talent pool, Dalhousie University, Acadia University, Saint Mary’s University and St. Francis Xavier University will each receive funding to increase or enhance their respective computer science programming.

“We are grateful for Premier Rankin's commitment to improving access to digital education and training, particularly for those in disadvantaged communities, as an opportunity to lift others from inequity and help us all recover from the impacts of the pandemic. An investment in computer science programs across the province is a strategic way for Nova Scotia to move forward in a post-COVID-19 economy. At Acadia University, we are excited to enhance our work with partners in the Annapolis Valley. This region is a prime location for new industries and businesses.

  • Peter Ricketts, president and vice-chancellor, Acadia University


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