Canadian Coding Academy Bitmaker Labs Agrees to Government Oversight

by Techvibes NewsDesk

Earlier this week it was revealed that Toronto-based coding school Bitmaker Labs was under investigation by the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities and Ontario’s Superintendent of Private Career Colleges, forcing it to shut down.

In the US, unregulated coding acadamies are legal. However, in Canada, all training facilities must operate with a government license.


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Now we've learned that Bitmaker has decided to work with the government to clear things up so that it can start running again and operate legally.

This doesn't mean Bitmaker is particularly happy about its situation. “The registration process is extremely burdensome for a startup and the costs can be quite substantial,” Gray told ReadWrite. “It's also necessary to include approved examinations and assessments. The regulatory hurdles can take a lot of time.”

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Programs that cost more than $1,000 and/or last for more than 40 hours are legally private colleges, which is why HackerYou is not under investigation. It's similar in concept to Bitmaker, but is cheaper and shorter.

Bitmaker Labs
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Bitmaker Labs is an educational experience for the 21st century. Our 9-week programming bootcamp will immerse you in Toronto’s startup ecosystem and expose you to Canada’s technology sector. Over the course of our program you’ll have 24/7 access to our campus and be surrounded by hard-working programmers and entrepreneurs just like you. more

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