For thousands of young people living in community housing across Canada, keeping connected to the people and things that matter most is more critical than ever.
It’s why Andrew McKenzie, Director of Operations at the Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association (ONPHA), is so committed to help bridge the digital divide by bringing Rogers Connected for Success ™, the Canadian first-of-its-kind low-cost high-speed internet program to those in non-profit housing.
“You don’t want to be that kid who needs to tap into the WIFI at the coffee shop to do homework, or who is skimming the neighbour’s internet to finish an assignment,” says McKenzie. “That kid falls behind before they discover their true potential.”
Connected for Success is available for upwards of 750,000 Canadians anywhere Rogers offers internet service in Ontario, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland and Labrador. Starting at $9.99 a month (plus taxes) for Ignite 25u internet, the low-cost high-speed internet program is available to eligible customers receiving provincial income or disability support, rent-geared-to-income tenants of a non-profit housing partner organization, or seniors receiving the Federal Guaranteed Income Supplement.
The program is also available to those receiving the maximum Canada Child Benefit and maximum Guaranteed Income Supplement through the Federal Connecting Families program.
For The Homestead Program in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, helping the city’s most vulnerable stay connected to resources is critical. The program works to end homelessness by helping people build life skills.
“With Connected for Success, our participants have more control and self-determination over their lives,” says Robert Cahill, Director, The Homestead Program. “They are staying connected to family and friends, community resources and support services, while finding and keeping employment.”
The same is true for women in Saint John, New Brunswick who are receiving support from Fresh Start Services for Women, and staying connected to vital resources through Connected for Success.
“The Rogers team treats our clients with dignity and respect,” says Kristin O’Hanley, Prevention Coordinator, Fresh Start for Women. “The low-cost internet program allows our clients to develop positive budgeting and payment habits to build their credit rating – which is big step forward. When children can see their parent taking control of their life, education, bills, and other responsibilities, that sends a powerful message.”