The Youth Internship at community access sites program, otherwise known as YI, is a Government of Canada
initiative, administered by Industry Canada, that aims
to provide Canadians with affordable public access to the Internet and the skills they need to use the
Internet and computers effectively.
YI helps Canadians, wherever they live, take advantage of emerging opportunities in the new global
knowledge-based economy. Community access sites like schools, libraries, and community centres act as
"on-ramps" to the Information Highway, and provide computer support and training.
Participants (youth 15-30) work as Youth Interns at community access sites throughout Canada, helping
individuals, community organizations, and small businesses improve their knowledge and effective use of
the Internet and related information technologies. Specific activities include:
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- Delivering Internet training sessions;
- Researching and developing Web sites;
- Drafting publicity materials;
- Organizing information fairs and special events;
- Providing technical support to the community access site.
Youth Internship program
Industry Canada's Youth Internship program YI) gives thousands of Canadians affordable access
to the Internet in places like schools, community centres and libraries. It provides access to
those people who might not have computers or Internet access in their homes or workplaces.
The department's mission is to foster a growing competitive, knowledge-based Canadian economy.
The department works with Canadians throughout the economy and in all parts of the country to
improve conditions for investment, improve Canada's innovation performance, increase Canada's
share of global trade and build a fair, efficient and competitive marketplace. Program areas
include developing industry and technology capability, fostering scientific research, setting
telecommunications policy, promoting investment and trade, promoting tourism and small business
development, and setting rules and services that support the effective operation of the
Ontario Library Association
Ontario's Youth Internship contractor.
Founded in 1900, the Ontario Library Association is the oldest continually operating library
association in Canada. With almost 5,000 members, the OLA is the largest library association
in the country.
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