54 New Community Access Sites for Nova Scotia

Technology and Science Secretariat

January 20, 1998 2:55 PM

New funding for 54 Community Access Program sites across the
province will give Nova Scotians even greater opportunity to
explore the educational and economic potential that information
technology provides, says Bruce Holland, Minister responsible for
the Technology and Science Secretariat

"I'm pleased to acknowledge funding from Industry Canada for
these sites," said Mr. Holland. "They are extremely vital to
learners, community-based organizations, and business people in
rural communities in tapping the wealth of information
technology."

Industry Canada recently announced an investment of almost
$15 million for more than 1,000 new Community Access Program
sites in some 830 rural and remote communities across the
country. It's the third year the federal department has sponsored
the competition.

"The Government of Canada wants to make the Information Highway
accessible to all Canadians by the year 2000, making Canada the
most connected nation in the world," said John Manley, Industry
Minister. "The Community Access Program, through a federal
investment of more than $1 million, is helping Nova Scotians to
acquire the tools they need to participate in the global
knowledge-based economy."

These 54 new sites bring the total number of Community Access
Program sites in the province to 109. Communities will use the
funding to create community-based sites to provide public access
to the Internet and other applications of information technology.

The communities were selected on the basis of proposals submitted
to Industry Canada in late autumn. Proposals were evaluated first
by the Nova Scotia Community Access Committee and then by the
National Community Access Selection Committee. Industry Canada
awarded contracts of up to $30,000 to successful proposals.

The Technology and Science Secretariat, through its Community IT
Development division, has provided leadership and support to the
federal program for the past six months and intends to play an
even stronger role in the Community Access Program in Nova Scotia
in the future.

The 15-member Nova Scotia Community Access Committee,
representing various government agencies and community-based
organizations, has worked closely with communities to help them
submit quality proposals.

"More Nova Scotia sites were approved this year than in any
former year," said provincial librarian Marion Pape, chair of the
committee. "Not only is this indicative of the increased
awareness of and the interest in the Community Access Program,

but it also points to the excellence of the proposals submitted
by communities."

This press release and other documents produced by the Technology
& Science Secretariat are available on the Secretariat's Web site
at: http://www.gov.ns.ca/tss/

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Contact: Karen Parusel or Jim Stanley
         Technology & Science Secretariat
         902-424-1723
         paruseki@gov.ns.ca

NOTE TO EDITORS: For a list of the successful proposals from Nova
Scotia please e-mail: rossng@gov.ns.ca.

AU CHEF DES NOUVELLES: Ce communique est egalement disponible en
francais; c. elec. rossng@gov.ns.ca.

ngr                 Jan. 20, 1998                2:55 p.m.