Kitchener Tech Connects, a technology training program and digital lending library will expand services for another year with additional funding in part from the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP). This project was first funded by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program in 2020-2021, one of several federal measures taken to give older adults access to technology and training to support needed social connections throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. 
“During the COVID-19 pandemic, we saw the vital importance of seniors having access to technology. This federal funding means the City can continue offering Kitchener Tech Connects, a program that helps local seniors access technology and stay connected with digital tools,” said Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic. “Community connections and a sense of belonging are so important for older adults. This program helps achieve that by teaching digital literacy through traditional, in-person and virtual programming.”   
Since receiving the grant, the program hired new instructors, recruited volunteers, offered tech training, enabled older adults to borrow tech equipment, and helped them maintain their social connections using video conferencing.   

“This program began at a critical time when older adults were experiencing an increased sense of isolation and, for some, were unable to access essential information about the pandemic. The Kitchener Connects program has allowed so many older adults the ability to learn new digital skills to keep connected with family members, friends, and neighbours,” said Lori Ann Palubeski, Manager Program and Resource Services. “This grant will allow us to purchase new devices, begin new classes and support more older adults in Kitchener.” 

For more information or to register for Kitchener Connects, call 519-741-2200 ext. 5029. For a full list of Age Friendly programs, view the online calendar


For more information, contact: 
Shawn Falcao,  
Manager, Corporate Communications and Marketing