Regulated through the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission, the main source of internet service in Canada is similar to America, with fiber, satellite, cable and DSL options.
How to set up your internet connection
Getting your internet connection up and running is as easy as these three steps:
1. Compare providers and plans
Determine the internet speed that you require and the available service providers who can cater to your needs. Examine bundle deals, contract lock-ins and service reviews to get the best plan for you.
2. Make an order
Call your preferred provider to reserve a date to have your internet service installed.
3. Set it up
Your provider may give you the option between contactless installation or professional installation. A professional installation requires a provider representative to visit your location to set up your internet for you.
The future of the internet in Canada
High-Speed Access for All: Canada’s Connectivity Strategy is the government’s plan to ensure that the rural and remote areas in Canada stay connected to create stronger and more resilient communities with its three pillars:
- High-Speed Access for All – by working with partners to achieve universal 50 Mbps download and 10 Mbps upload speeds for all Canadians.
- Investing for Impact – by investing $1.7 billion for broadband infrastructure and by supporting connectivity projects through the Canada Infrastructure Bank for the next 10 years
- Partnering for Progress – by continuing to engage with Canadians and all other stakeholders and by establishing an expanded Centre of Expertise to improve broadband connectivity
Did you know?
- According to Statistics Canada in 2018, 1.2% of households with children do not have access to the internet.
- The Universal Broadband Fund aims for 100% of the country to have internet access by 2030.
What about 5G?
Canada will most likely get the full 5G experience by 2022. Until then, carriers like Bell Mobility, Rogers Wireless, Telus Mobility, and Videotron have started to offer 5G to their subscribers. Fido, Koodo Mobile, Virgin Mobile, Freedom Mobile, Shaw Mobile and SaskTel will be offering 5G by 2021 or 2022.
Low-income internet resources
Here are just some of the few ways to access free or low-cost internet access in Canada:
- Connecting Families Canada – helps connect eligible Canadian households to the internet by distributing 500,000 computers
- Computers for Success Canada – a non-profit organization that supports digital inclusion
- Internet for Good by Telus – provides high-speed internet packages for $10/mo.
Did you know?
Shaw and Telus operate free Wi-Fi hotspots (even to non-subscribers) all around the country. Shaw provides over 100,000 hotspots in cafes, stores, restaurants and gyms, with an interactive map to find the one closest to you. .
Telus offers a free service at places like stadiums, airports, cafes, restaurants and malls. The company offers a locator tool and an app to help find the spots.
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Written by:Robin Layton
Editor, Broadband Content
Robin Layton is an editor with Allconnect. She works closely with the content team writers to ensure consumers get a fair and balanced reporting of the state of broadband services to help them understand the pro… Read more
Edited by:Joe Supan
Senior Writer, Broadband Content
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