Canadian Heritage funds anti-misinformation programs
Canadian Heritage has announced $2.4 million in funding for projects that will help Canadian consumers identify online misinformation, with a particular focus on the COVID-19 pandemic and the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The projects will be funded through the Digital Citizen Contribution Program, an initiative intended to strengthen ccritical thinking among citizens in order to facilitate their participation in the processes of democracy. The projects will create educational workshops, podcast documentaries and learning materials.
“In Canada and around the world, democracies are contending with malicious actors seeking to weaken our institutions and undermine citizens' trust in their government,” said Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities. “Working with civil society, this program will give Canadians the tools they need to identify disinformation and strengthen our democracy.”