Digital Citizen Initiative

Department of Canadian Heritage
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 

The Digital Citizen Initiative (DCI) is a multi-component strategy that aims to support democracy and social cohesion in Canada by building citizen resilience against online disinformation and building partnerships to support a healthy information ecosystem.

The DCI supports citizen-focused activities (including digital, news and civic literacy programming and tools), research, and civil society/academic capacity building through grants and contributions funding to better understand and build resilience to online disinformation in Canada.

What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 

In 2019, the DCI granted CAD 7 million in funding to 23 projects to support digital media and civic literacy prior to the 2019 federal election. It also granted $2.1 million in funding to 8 research projects that aim to better understand the origins, spread, and impacts of online disinformation in Canada and how digital media and civic literacy activities can be better evaluated. The DCI also supports the Public Policy Forum's Digital Democracy Project ($2.5 million over 4 years) and has initiated a Joint Initiaitve with the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) ($2 million over 4 years).

Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 

USD 9.9 million (CAD 13.4 million)

Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partnerType of entity
Privy Council Office
Public Sector
Democratic Institutions
Public Sector
Global Affairs Canada
Public Sector
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
Public Sector
Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
Goal(s) of UNESCO's 2005 Convention
Cultural Domain(s)
Cinema/ Audiovisual Arts