The temporary scheme is free for low-income families.
Canada is extending an arm to its students affected by COVID-19. In his press briefing on Friday, April 17, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced he is partnering with Apple and Rogers to offer free iPads for students in low-income families. The scheme will run until the end of the school year.
Ford announced the initiative on Friday afternoon to gathered reporters.
“For our children, education is everything, and no matter what, their education must continue. That means having the educational tools needed to facilitate online learning,” he said.
He announced a new partnership between the government, Apple, Rogers, and provincial school boards.
“We’re purchasing iPads at discounted prices for students in need,”Prime Minister Justin Trudeau explained. “These iPads will have free wireless data and will help students from low-income families continue their learning safely at home during this pandemic.”
Per CP24, Lecce suggested 210,000 iPads would be distributed as part of the plan.
“These students will also be able to access the resources available through our Learn at Home portal,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau continued to explain.
“For parents, I hope this gives you some peace of mind knowing that your children will have access to the tools they need to continue learning during this very difficult period.”
It is not yet entirely clear exactly how the logistics of delivering these iPads to families who need them will work in practice.