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 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 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.       

Universal broadband is key to Canada’s economic future. If this country is going to reach its full potential, everyone needs a fair opportunity to thrive.

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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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