Canada has endured years of stagnant progress on our sky-high Internet bills relative to other developed economies, which keeps many folks underutilizing their connections or off home Internet entirely. Today, we’re struggling through a pandemic that’s made the Internet more important than any other time in history.2-4
Slowing the spread of the virus through physical distancing has pushed things like work, school, and healthcare online. But that means that those who can’t afford to connect to high-speed Internet, or can’t access it at all, have been largely cut off from basic services. Some have been forgoing other essentials like groceries just to afford their Internet bills.5
With the renewed pressure COVID-19 put on affordable Internet, many folks had faith the government would finally deliver. But instead of rewarding our trust, Innovation Minister Bains sold us out; in August, he sided with Big Telecom to raise prices even more.6
For the OpenMedia community, that was the last straw. The government has officially run out the clock – and Canada’s patience – on Internet affordability.
Your MP is your voice in Parliament: they care what voters like you think, and they need to hear you’re done waiting around for the government to act. If they hear from enough of their constituents, they’ll be forced to do something about it. Email your MP now and ask them what steps they’re taking to ensure your riding has affordable Internet.