COVID-19 has laid bare the massive digital divide in Canada. Millions of people are being isolated from their communities and from the 21st century economy during one of the worst crises of our generation.
Waiting until 2030 to connect our communities as planned under the government’s current commitment is completely inadequate to address the needs of many rural, remote and low income communities. The pandemic has only highlighted an existing crisis – Canada’s digital divide. We need action and we need it yesterday – not in a decade!
That’s why we’re asking the government to move its target up to 2025, cutting the wait in half. We’re also asking them to take immediate steps for short-term solutions that will bring those who can be connected online before the COVID-19 crisis is over.
The federal government must put forward a concrete plan that includes emergency connectivity for people isolated by the pandemic, and provides immediate funding for a rapid expansion of our national broadband networks to ensure everyone across Canada has access to affordable high-speed Internet.