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Digital media ‘Report Card’ from Stratford Institute reveals gaps

While Canadian households and businesses have high rates of broadband and/or Internet connectivity that increased from 2010 to 2011, government has room for improvement in terms of connecting with citizens on-line and being open in providing...


April 25, 2012  


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While Canadian households and businesses have high rates of broadband and/or Internet connectivity that increased from 2010 to 2011, government has room for improvement in terms of connecting with citizens on-line and being open in providing information, says The Stratford Report 2012 issued annually by the Stratford Institute.

Unveiled by Ian Wilson, its executive director, the report indicates that Canada ranks sixth out of 66 countries for Open Government in 2011, was in last place for Freedom of Information Laws when compared to four other comparable countries in 2010, and has dropped from 26th to 35th place in terms of government procurement of advanced technology products comparing 2010 to 2011.

“In Canada we have a very connected society that embraces the digital world with a high rate of connectivity at home and at work, but the measures of open government, policies on Freedom of Information, and technology procurement have slipped for our government year over year,” said Wilson.

The report shows that fixed and mobile broadband and internet services available to Canadian households has grown from 96% to 98% from 2010 to 2011, and since 2009 there has been a 10% jump in households with both broadband and Internet service (now at 72.2%).

The report states that the average number of Web pages viewed monthly by Canadians online increased from 3,349 in 2010 to 3,781 in 2011.

Canadian businesses have also “moved the connectivity marker,” from 90% in 2010 to 94.3% in terms of those businesses that have a broadband connection.