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CAP Society of Cape Breton County

The CAP Society of Cape Breton County is a non-profit organization that functions as a regional working group of CAP (Community Access Program) sites committed to the social, economic, and cultural enhancement of local communities in Cape Breton County through the use of Information Technology.

Services Offered

  • Public Internet access for people in the community
  • Access to distance education
  • Access to government programs
  • Printing, web camera, digital camera and scanner services
  • Introductory Internet courses
  • Training in basic web page design
  • Training in word processing
  • Training in other specialized courses

History

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 is now being 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.

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