Toronto – February 27, 2016 – A new study reveals that low-income Canadians are having to reduce their spending on essential items like food and housing in order to pay for another necessity – the Internet.
The "digital divide" between those who have home Internet versus those that do not puts many low-income families at a disadvantage when it comes to access to education, employment, and government services. There is a growing consensus that the digital gap is linked to socio-economic exclusion as well as poverty. In 2011, the United Nations declared Internet access as a human right, putting it on par with the right to freedom of expression.
The percentage of Canadian households that do not have home Internet access.
The percentage of survey respondents who don't have home Internet service or have cancelled it due to high cost.
The percentage of Canadian households with annual incomes of $30,000 or less with home Internet access.
The percentage of Canadian households with annual incomes of $120,000 or more with home Internet access.
The percentage of survey respondents who find the price of high-speed Internet as being "extremely expensive "
The percentage of respondents who pay for Internet by forgoing other household necessities.
The percentage of survey respondents who have used food money to pay for Internet services.
The percentage of survey respondents who have used rent money to pay for Internet services.