Industry Canada's Community Access Program currently provides funding to hundreds of CAP sites in the Lower Mainland and across BC that provide free access to a computer and the Internet to low-income British Columbians. An announcement just prior to the long weekend has withdrawn the Government's support and funding of this program.
Since 1995, the Community Access Program has worked to bridge the digital divide, the gap between Canadians with few barriers to accessing information and communication technologies, and the many, often low-income, Canadians who still face barriers to access. This work resulted in a network of thousands of sites across Canada, many conveniently located in community centres and social services, that created and maintained their own accessible computer services. However, without the funding that the Community Access Program provided, their future is uncertain.