Join the Internet for All Campaign

In this day and age, access to the internet has become a necessity for people to get ahead. The high cost of service, however, severely affects access to opportunities in the job market, in school, and in many other aspects of daily life. ACORN Canada members are demanding $10/month high-speed internet for low-income families as part of our Internet for All campaign.


During the COVID-19 crisis, many low-income people are relying on the Internet for school, work, food deliveries, telemedicine, communication with fam. and more. But high prices are causing people to sacrifice other needed items. Further, many low-income people just can’t afford the internet.

Low-income people across Canada, while isolating at home, urgently need unlimited internet access and affordable wireless plans to stay connected to vital services and everyday life.

ACORN did a survey reaching out to close to 600 of our ACORN members in 2019. Out of low-income respondents with household incomes under $30,000, only 80% had home internet.  Of the 78 respondents without home internet, 72% identified cost as the main reason.  65% of respondents said they had to sacrifice things like food, medication to afford their home internet.

We need urgent action from the Government, the CRTC and the telecom industry to do the following during the “pandemic and recovery period” and for 6 months thereafter.

Take action: tell the federal government that everyone needs access to the internet

Access to the internet is increasingly recognized by countries around the world as an essential tool for participation in modern democratic society. Internet access is guaranteed as a legal right in several countries, and many more countries have publicly announced a commitment to achieving universal broadband access for all citizens. Canada is the only G7 nation without a national broadband plan, and not having access to home internet can lead many Canadians to hardship.

JOIN ACORN Canada in the fight for affordable home access to high speed internet for all residents of Canada!

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Resources:

Report: Internet is an Essential Service (2020)

Barriers to Digital Equality in Canada (2019)

PIAC Report: Consumer Choice in Telecommunications and Broadcasting (2019)

ACORN Canada submission to the Review of the Canadian Communications Legislative Framework (2019)

CRTC Inquiry into the Retail Sales Practices of Canada’s Large Telecommunications Carriers: ACORN Submission (2018)

Digital Equity and Health (2018)

ACORN Canada’s Protect Your Privacy-Online! Educational Program (2017)

Internet for All: Internet Use and Accessibility for Low-Income Canadians (2016)