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Access to high-speed Internet




Income and growth


Access to high-speed Internet


Proportion of households that have access to high-speed Internet services (broadband).


This indicator measures the proportion of households who are covered by high-speed Internet (broadband) services.

Broadband service availability is calculated by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) using information provided by Internet Service Providers.

This indicator defines high-speed Internet as having a download speed of at least 50 Mbps and an upload speed of at least 10 Mbps. Wireless mobile technology is excluded.

Data sources

Data visualizations

Visuals of access to high-speed Internet data are available in Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission's annual Communications Monitoring Report – LTE and Broadband Availability (ii. Broadband coverage and availability).

Data analysis

Additional information

The Measuring Broadband Canada Project is a project launched by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to objectively measure broadband Internet performance, including actual connection speeds, in Canadian homes.

The Canadian Internet Use Survey (CIUS) provides information on the proportion of Canadians who have access to the Internet at home. Survey respondents are asked:

Do you have access to the Internet at home?

  • Yes
  • No

Respondents are then asked what type of Internet connection they have, if their Internet connection download speed is greater than or less than 50 Mpbs (high speed) and if they have experienced problems with their connection. 

The most recent results from the CIUS on Internet access at home were published in Access to the Internet in Canada, 2020 (The Daily, May 31, 2021) as well as in Table 22-10-0134-01 – Household Internet access by geography.

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