May 11, 2010

80% of Canadians Online

CANADA/TECHNOLOGY - According to a new study by Statistics Canada 80% of Canadians aged 16 and older (21.7 million people) used the Internet in 2009. That is up from 73% in 2007.

Internet use increased in every province, with New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador recording the highest increases, at 15%.

Internet use was highest at 85% in both British Columbia and Alberta, followed by 81% in Ontario.

The most online-savvy cities were Calgary and Saskatoon at 89% each. Cities ranked the highest usually, averaging 83% compared to small communities of under 10,000 which only had 73%. That is up from 76% and 65% respectively in 2007 showing the digital divide between rich/poor, urban/rural, educated/uneducated continues to grow.

94% = wealthy people (incomes of $85,000) use the Internet. (90% in 2007).
56% = poor people (incomes of $30,000 or less) use the Internet (48% in 2007).

89% = at least some post-secondary education (84% in 2007).
66% = no post-secondary education (58% in 2007).

In contrast the divide between age groups is shrinking.

98% = people aged 16 to 24 (96% in 2007).
66% = people 45 or older (56% in 2007).

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