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.

 

 

 

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Rural Fact

95% of Canada’s land area is rural. Rural Canada is characterized by distance (e.g. to markets, services) and low population and business density.