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It’s Time to Get Canada Connected!

Millions of people across the country lack reliable high-speed Internet access – especially in rural, remote, Indigenous, and low income communities. The Internet is a basic service, not a luxury, but too many are being left behind.

Even before the social distancing policies that have come into force to fight COVID-19, people have become increasingly reliant on the Internet to access work, education, training, government services and more. Bridging this digital divide and ensuring all communities have adequate access will be a key part of Canada’s post-pandemic economic recovery.

The Get Canada Connected coalition is made up of organizations, businesses and experts concerned by the depth of Canada’s digital divide who are calling for change today via our coalition declaration:

“Every person in Canada must have affordable high speed access to the Internet. All levels of government must immediately take steps far above and beyond their current commitments to get everyone online as soon as possible and mend Canada’s digital divide.”

 

Coalition members:

                   

 

 

Academic and expert signatories:

Andrew Clement, University of Toronto

Ben Klass, Carleton University

Leslie Regan, Shade University of Toronto

Dwayne Winseck, Carleton University

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Join the Get Canada Connected Coalition!

We welcome civil society groups, businesses, academics and experts to join the Get Canada Connected Coalition. By filling out the form, you are providing your or your organization’s endorsement of the coalition declaration below. You can also add your contact information to the coalition’s listserv to connect with other coalition members and get updates on the campaign to connect our communities.

“Every person in Canada must have affordable high speed access to the Internet. All levels of government must immediately take steps far above and beyond their current commitments to get everyone online as soon as possible and mend Canada’s digital divide.”

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Take Action

The Get Canada Connected coalition is a diverse coalition working across sectors to ensure everyone across Canada has high-speed Internet access. We have compiled links to different campaigns our coalition partners are taking to connect our communities. 

OpenMedia - Get Canada Connected petition

OpenMedia is an online advocacy organization fighting for an open, affordable and surveillance-free Internet. They are gathering petition signatures from tens of thousands of people across Canada to push the federal government to release a detailed plan to connect every household across Canada. You can click here to sign their petition.

 

ACORN - Internet for All campaign

ACORN is an independent national organization of low and moderate income families with 130,000+ members in 20+ neighbourhood chapters across 9 cities. They are fighting to close the digital divide by ensuring low-income families have access to affordable high-speed internet. You can join their Internet for All campaign by clicking here. 

Press releases

Read OpenMedia’s press release here (May 14th, 2020)

Media Contact

OpenMedia

Laura Tribe | Phone: +1 (888) 441-2640 ext. 0 | laura@openmedia.org

ACORN

Judy Duncan | Phone: +1 (416) 996 6401

Cybera

Meagan Hampel | Phone: +1 (403) 210-5271| meagan.hampel@cybera.ca

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