The Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Technology Industries, NATI, says there’s something missing from the 2018 budget.
Although the organization applauds Finance Minister Tom Osborne for the inclusion of a technology focus in the document, members want something more concrete with coding offerings for students.
CEO Ron Taylor says they are encouraged by the province’s commitment to women in tech and to advancing projects in ocean tech and other areas. He says the goal is to double the size of the tech sector by 2025.
Taylor says the province is taking clear steps to embrace technology by offering more services online, e-mental health services, and other digital platforms to best service the people of the province.
NATI Chair Kendra MacDonald also voiced concerns that the Speech from the Throne said there would be a focus on coding, but says the budget didn’t commit to a timeline on when the rollout would occur.