Businesses rely on broadband Internet to innovate, compete and grow. Canadians rely on it to support their quality of life, from health care to education to public safety. Yet at least two million Canadians still don't have reliable Internet access. Most of them live in rural, remote and northern communities.

We’ve been clear that high-speed Internet access is about building better lives. In Budget 2019, the federal government acted directly on our local expertise, responding to FCM’s advocacy by investing significantly in broadband and wireless connectivity. That’s a major boost for rural, northern and remote communities—for their economies and quality of life. Now we stand ready to help bring reliable Internet to all Canadians, no matter where they live.    

COVID-19 has shown just how urgent it is to close Canada’s digital divide. Confined to their homes for months, millions of Canadians turned to the Internet for work, for school—and for basic human connection.

Canada’s recovery depends on ensuring communities of all sizes reach their full potential. Bringing reliable broadband to smaller communities recognizes that they are vital to Canada’s economy, our recovery—and our future. Reliable Internet is essential. Rural, remote and northern communities shouldn’t have to wait any longer.

Canadians who can’t access a reliable Internet connection
rural communities that report no access to 20-50 Mbps download speeds
rural households that report no access to 5 Mbps download speeds
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Local governments own approximately 60 percent of the public infrastructure that supports our economy and quality of life. Through advocacy and support, we help them build a stronger Canada.

Rural, northern and remote

Rural, northern and remote communities are integral to Canada’s economy and quality of life. With our advocacy and support, their local governments are building a brighter future.
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