Every day, 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. Unfortunately, 2 million Canadian households don't have reliable Internet access. This particularly affects populations in rural, remote and northern communities.

Working with our federal partners, we have helped to secure much-needed investments to start closing the broadband gap. Now it’s time to take the next step. We’re calling for a national broadband strategy to ensure reliable, affordable Internet access for everyone, no matter where they live. This requires bold federal leadership and consultation with stakeholders across the country.

Empowering rural communities with universal broadband means building a better country for everyone. It ensures a more globally competitive and prosperous Canada. Every Canadian deserves access to tools that connect us with one another—and the digitized world.

Quick facts
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
Related focus areas
See featured resources, news, events and training related to broadband.


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.
Explore Focus Area
2019 Federation of Canadian Municipalities