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Thousands of refurbished computers provided to Syrian refugees

Last Updated Mar 14, 2016 at 5:01 pm EDT

TORONTO – Resettlement organizations are providing 7,500 refurbished computers to Syrian refugees in Canada with funding help from the federal government.

Under the Computers for Schools program, the equipment is made available at little or no cost, along with digital skills training.

Navdeep Bain, federal minister of innovation, science and economic development, says it’s an important step to settling into life in Canada.

Ottawa is giving the Computers for Schools program a one-time boost of $1.25 million to help provide the computers and technical support.

In addition, CN is providing shipment of the donated computers and Microsoft is donating Windows and Office licences for the computers for Syrian refugees.

More than 26,000 Syrian refugees have arrived in Canada since late last year.