Progress toward universal access to high-speed Internet

Our goal is for all Canadians to have access to high-speed Internet of at least 50 megabits per second (Mbps) download and 10 Mbps upload speeds.

Learn about how we are enhancing connectivity for all Canadians.

Progress as of March 31, 2022.

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Closing the connectivity gap

Canadians living in rural and remote areas have less access to high-speed Internet than those living in urban areas.

We are committed to closing the connectivity gap so that all Canadians have access to fast and reliable Internet, no matter where they live.

Figure 1: Canadian households with access to minimum Internet speeds of 50/10 Mbps (%)

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Canadian households with access to minimum Internet speeds of 50/10 Mbps (%)
Year Rural Urban Canada
Results to date
2017 37.2 96.6 84.1
2018 40.8 97.4 85.7
2019 45.6 98.6 87.4
2020 54.4 99.2 89.7
Targets
2021 90
2026 98
2030 100

Data source: Communications Market Reports - Open Data

 

Our investments

Significant progress in connecting Canadians has already been made and will continue through our investments.

Figure 2: Investments announced since 2015

 

Six billion dollars in investments made available since 2015

Figure 3: Broadband investments by province and territory

Bar chart representing Broadband investments by province and territory (the long description is located below the image)
* Funding is based on approved and announced federal broadband projects.
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Broadband investments by province and territory
Province/Territory Approved program funding*
Alberta $458 million
British Columbia $523 million
Manitoba $251 million
New Brunswick $43 million
Newfoundland and Labrador $146 million
Northwest Territories $57 million
Nova Scotia $23 million
Nunavut $208 million
Ontario $844 million
Prince Edward Island $35 million
Quebec $731 million
Saskatchewan $50 million
Yukon $58 million
Canada $3.5 billion

* Funding is based on approved and announced federal broadband projects.

 

Status of broadband projects

We are on track to connecting 98% of Canadians by 2026. Broadband projects are underway across Canada to improve access to high-speed Internet.

Figure 4: Status of broadband projects

Bar chart representing Status of broadband projects (the long description is located below the image)
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Status of broadband projects
Status Number of projects
Under negotiation 98
Planning stage 93
Detailed design & construction stage 129
Operational stage 224
Status not available 37
Total 581
Total program funding spent to date on broadband projects $525 M