Nearly 90% of Canadians use the internet.
Source: ITU 2016
There are remote communities in Canada where internet access is limited and in some cases non-existent. However, the majority of Canadians can get online. Simply getting online though is not enough. We must also consider the quality and speed of internet access, whether it is available in people’s homes, and whether it supports individual, business and community needs.
The following information shows where Canada sits compared to our global peers and provides domestic data that may help steer a strategy toward a stronger, safer and higher quality online Canada.
Canada in the world
Canada ranks 25th in the world on the International Telecommunications Union’s ICT Development Index (IDI 2016 Rank), which is based on internationally agreed information and communications technologies indicators including access, use and skills. Canada dropped two spots in 2016 and sits below all but one G7 nation.
IDI 2016 Rank of G7 Nations
Source: International Telecommunications Union’s ICT Development Index (IDI 2016 Rank)