Digital Canada 150 has 39 specific commitments for the Government of Canada to follow through on, and those 39 commitments are spread over five pillars. The first of the pillars is connecting Canadians, which includes rural broadband connectivity and the wireless sector, making sure that we're properly connected, but it also includes some other programs that have received new funding in this year's budget, such as the computers for schools program, which is an important program.
In the Government of Canada and government agencies and other levels of government, we use and replace computers at a rapid pace. But very often, computers that seem to be out of date in 2015, that were purchased in 2013, are perfectly adequate for non-profit organizations, for students who are doing basic research, for word processing for seniors, and so on. So with the computers for schools program, for example, we take computers from the Government of Canada and refurbish them with the help of students, usually high school students who are planning to go on to a technical college or to get into this field. We give them an opportunity to learn how to refurbish computers and get them stood up, and to make sure that they're virus-free and properly operational.
So we get a win out of that. Then we take those computers and we give them to aboriginal communities that don't have the resources, schools that need upgrades in computers or are expanding computer terminals. Furthermore, in this year's budget, we're extending that to a number of non-profit organizations such as the Neil Squire Society and others who need specific computers for people who have a particular kind of disability.
So connecting Canadians, that first of the five pillars, is about a lot things. It's about rural broadband and spectrum auction policy, connectivity, and competition on the wireless side, but it's also about some of that basic infrastructure for communities.
We also have the digital privacy act, which is part of it as well, because we want to make sure that the digital world is secure and protected online. We also support things like anti-cyberbullying initiatives through our policy.
The third pillar is the digital economy strategy that Minister Clement worked on when he was Minister of Industry, which tries to take full advantage of the economic opportunities.
The fourth of the five pillars is digital government. The government needs to walk its talk when it comes to accessibility, which is why we have the Open Data Institute and the open science commitment. We have an across-government effort to try to make everything more legible and easily accessible online for Canadians.
The fifth and final pillar to me is the most interesting and fun one. Once you've made connectivity a goal, once you've made it more secure, once you're taking advantage of the economic opportunities, and once the government is acting in a more digital way, then comes the fun stuff, the good stuff, which is telling stories to Canadians. This is a piece that came over from when I was Minister of Canadian Heritage. It's why we have Digital Canada 150. The year 2017 is our sesquicentennial, and a big part of the reason that Canada has been able to survive over 150 years of history through incredible challenges and divisions in the early days—east and west, and north and south, and French and English, and aboriginal and non-aboriginal, and Protestant and Catholic—is our respect for each other, our understanding of our shared history, our ability to tell stories, to be connected with one another.
So that fifth and final pillar is about a digital content effort to get all of our museums to have digital policy, to have more Canadian history minutes, to work with Historica Canada, to tell the stories of veterans, for example, online, and to share more of Canada's stories one to another.
Anyway, it's a long answer to a short question but it's a comprehensive policy.