The mission of the Social Planning Council of Ottawa is to provide the residents of Ottawa with the means to exercise informed leadership on issues affecting their social and economic well-being.
Bridging the Digital Divide
Welcome to the Digital Literacy Program for Ottawa Ethno-Cultural Seniors
This program is free, highly flexible, and learners choose what they want to learn. The material we use is written in a clear language. It also may be adapted according to the needs of the individual group. We provide one-on-one support, community group online training and share other helpful resources.
Digital Equity Ottawa is a new, collaborative initiative that improves digital equity across four key areas: access to hardware, connectivity, digital literacy and the digital capacity of the non-profit sector.
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Request a Computer
On behalf of Digital Equity Ottawa, the Social Planning Council of Ottawa (SPCO), the City of Ottawa, and other social service provider agencies are teaming up to distribute free refurbished computers to the community. If your client is in need of a computer(s) and/or technical support, kindly request technology through our form:
Partnerships & Programs
Neighbourhood Equity Index
The NEI is a tool to help residents, planners, key stakeholders and decision-makers identify disparities between neighbourhoods and tackle them in a systematic and organized way. > Go to the NEI Website
Ottawa Community Partnerships for Health Equity
The Ottawa Community Partnerships for Health Equity is a hub for working and learning together to address health inequities in Ottawa. > Go to OCPHE website
New data from Statistics Canada’s first release of the most recent census, conducted in 2021. Between 2016 and 2021, Ottawa’s population increased by 8.9%. In your neighbourhood, did the population increase or decrease? > Read More
Effective Measures provides research and evaluation services in support of community programs and initiatives aimed at improving the lives of all Ottawans. > Go to Effective Measures
Ottawa Ethnocultural Seniors Network
The OES Network represents a variety of ethno-cultural senior grassroots groups in Ottawa who are providing a wide range of recreational, social and educational opportunities and activities. > Read More
Data & Research at the SPCO
Increasing the capacity of voluntary sector agencies and community members to effectively use data and research for planning processes and in taking action on social and economic issues. > Read More
Technology, Research and Communications (TRAC)
TRAC supports the needs of non-profits, small businesses and community organizations, while fostering and empowering young people, helping them to grow their skillsets, and gain new employment opportunities. > Learn More