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Digital Divide and Inclusion

How can we intervene in the digital divide that affects vulnerable populations?

Photo by the Centre for Ageing Better on Unsplash

The digital divide is something that existed before the COVID-19 pandemic, was amplified greatly during the pandemic and will stay an important subject to address after the pandemic. We know that the digital divide impacts vulnerable populations disproportionately compared to other populations, especially those who don’t have the money to afford new technology. Addressing the digital divide in Montreal will allow those vulnerable populations to participate in civic discourse as well as elevate their life conditions.


Our project consists of offering a space at the CRCS Saint-Zotique for the elderly population of St-Henri to have access to computers, wifi and have the opportunity to learn how to use the internet.

Every Monday afternoon, from 1 PM to 3 PM, we would have workshops for the elderly population around different topics, such as digital literacy or internet safety, that would last for an hour and a half. On Wednesdays, we invite this group to use computers with the support of volunteers on-site. 


Students (winter 2021)

  • Olivia David
  • Olivia Farrugia
  • Solene Bladou
  • Lama Ziad
  • Roma Gelgor
  • Melissa Hartley
  • Mostafa Fattah


  • Ville de Montréal (Bureau d’intégration des nouveaux arrivants de Montréal)
  • Laurie Savard


  • AHSC 415 – Organizational and Community Sustainability (Applied Human Sciences)
  • Gilbert Émond (Professor)
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