Thank you for your question.
I think that developing digital skills is very important. With regard to the nine core competencies in Canada, we aren't talking about computer skills anymore, but digital literacy. It's important to lift young people out of poverty. This also applies to all under-represented groups in the labour market, whether they are socially excluded youth, indigenous people or experienced workers who have difficulty in using technology.
It's important to invest in digital skills development. It can help to bridge the digital divide among Canadians, but we must ensure that Canada has a digital strategy.
In 2015, I attended an international symposium on public policy and career development in the United States. One of the findings of the Canadian delegation was that there was still inequality due to the high cost of Internet services. We must ensure that people living in poverty have easy access to Internet services so that they can use new technologies.
I think it's very important to invest in developing and using these technologies. That said, developing the skills of young people or even adults does not only involve the use technology. It should also be used to integrate into society and the labour market. Improper use of skills and technological tools can have a detrimental effect on young people.
Yes, it can lift people out of poverty, but for it to work well and be well integrated, Canada needs a national digital strategy, whether it involves developing academic skills or workforce skills.
Going back to what you said about early childhood, I think it's important to give a tax credit. It's good to begin developing these skills from early childhood because, these days, they are required in all areas of life. Education is also needed.