• Closing The National Digital Divide

    Closing The National Digital Divide


    The escalating divide between rural/remote communities and urban centres around broadband services potentially limits economic opportunities in all regions of Canada.


    In 2019 the federal government established a strategy for connecting 98 per cent of Canada to high-speed internet by 2026 with universal access for 2030.

    A March 2023 report from federal Auditor General Karen Hogan indicated the strategy has not delivered equal access to both high-speed internet and mobile cellular services for rural/remote communities and First Nations reserves.


    That the Government of Canada:
    1. Continue with high-speed internet infrastructure investments across rural/remote areas and First Nations;
    2. To build an inclusive economy for all Canadians, ensure all financial resources allocated to increasing high-speed internet capacity are urgently distributed for addressing the digital divide;
    3. To evaluate the effectiveness of government high-speed internet policy in delivering connectivity, particularly in rural and indigenous areas, there should be an evaluation of connectivity coverage, quality and adoption; and
    4. Commit to businesses and citizens in rural and remote areas that necessary infrastructure to allow them access to competitive high-speed internet speeds will be constructed if not by private industry, then by the federal government utilizing the Universal Broadband Fund.