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Target: Bridge the digital divide by increasing household Internet use to 100% by 2025 and ensuring 80% of Canadians have access to ultrafast broadband at 1 Gbps by 2020

Figure 3.1: Internet Use (% of Households)

In 2016, 87.4% of Canadian households had subscribed to some form of home Internet access, up from 84.9% in 2014 (baseline).

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Figure 3.1: Internet Use (% of Households)
Year Percentage of Households reporting having Internet use from home

Sources:

  • Statistics Canada, Table 203-0027
  • Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
1997 17.4%
1998 25.0%
1999 33.4%
2000 42.6%
2001 49.9%
2002 54.5%
2003 56.9%
2004 59.8%
2005 64.3%
2006 68.1%
2007 72.7%
2008 74.6%
2009 77.8%
2010 78.3%
2011 80.4%
2012 81.4%
2013 83.7%
2014 84.9%
Progress
2015 86.9%
2016 87.4%
Target
2025 100%

Figure 3.2: Broadband Internet Coverage (by Area and Speed and as % of Households)

At the national level, 84% of Canadian households had access to speeds of 50 Mbps download and 10 Mbps upload in 2016. The federal government anticipates that 90% of Canadian households will have access to these speeds by 2020.

The figure below shows coverage trends at different speeds for rural areas relative to large urban areas.

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Figure 3.2: Broadband Internet Coverage (by Area and Speed and as % of Households)
Download Speeds (Mbps) Areas Coverage (in 2015) Coverage (in 2016)

Sources:

Large urban areas are considered to have populations greater than 100,000.

Rural areas have populations of less than 1,000, or fewer than 400 people per km2.

Does not include satellite technologies and mobile wireless technologies like HSPA+ and LTE.

5 Rural 81% 87%
50 Rural 29% 41%
100 Rural 24% 37%
5 Large Urban Areas  100% 100%
50 Large Urban Areas  99% 100%
100 Large Urban Areas  93% 98%
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