The Internet affords opportunities for rural Canadians to reduce the barriers of distance. However, internet use is lower in rural Canada. In 2007, 65% of rural Canadians use the internet compared to 76% of urban Canadians. About three-quarters of rural internet users report using a high speed connection.

By the end of 2009, 84% of rural households had access to broadband, compared to 100% of urban households. This means 16% of rural Canadians have no access to broadband.

Less than 80% of rural households in the Territories, Newfoundland, Quebec, and British Columbia had access to broadband. Nearly 100% of rural household in P.E.I., New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia had access to broadband.

By the end of 2009, approximately 99% of Canadians had access to wireless. However, 96% of Canadians had access to 3G wireless. Access to 3G allows for faster data transmission speeds and more reliable Internet connections and is a catalyst for innovation, prosperity and growth.

Faits ruraux

Les PME situées dans les zones rurales sont mieux établies, ont moins d'employés et sont plus susceptibles d'être des opérations de travailleurs autonomes.