Albert CAP/CAPYI Program
About The Alberta Cap Program
The Community Access Program (CAP) 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 it effectively. With the combined efforts of the federal, provincial and territorial governments, community groups, social agencies, libraries, schools, volunteer groups and the business community, CAP helps Canadians, wherever they live, take advantage of emerging opportunities in the new global knowledge-based economy. Under CAP, public locations like schools, libraries and community centres act as "on-ramps" to the Information Highway, and provide computer support and training.
CAP is the key component of the Government of Canada's Connecting Canadians initiative, whose goal is to make Canada the most connected nation in the world. CAP started in 1994 in rural communities with populations up to 50,000. Then in December 1999, following a successful pilot program in urban communities, CAP was rolled out to larger population centres of over 50,000. It's hoped that CAP sites will increasingly join together in networking opportunities enabling them to pool resources and form networks to be able to offer even more to their communities.
Community Futures Development Corporations
Industry Canada started the Community Access Program (CAP) to connect Canadians online. Cap sites provide a place to be connected and an opportunity to create a 'meeting place' for rural Canadians. Cap Sites also provide education and training programs including an introduction to computers, file management, and use of Internet.
The CAP program uses the services of local Community Futures Development Corporations (CFDCs) to provide technical support to the CAP site as a source of mentorship for business people and entrepreneurs in the rural community. The Community Futures Network Society of Alberta (CFNSA) houses the Alberta CAP Youth Initiative.
Central Alberta Community Services
The Community Information and Referral Society and the Central Alberta Community Portal... a combination of useful information resources: web sites, a database, message boards, community calendars, and search engines. The NEW centre of news on CIRS and Central Alberta!