98% of Canadians Will Be Provided with High-Speed Internet by 2026

"Good reliable internet isn't a luxury. It's a basic service," Trudeau says.
Deniz Yildiran

Fast and stable internet becomes vital in our lives now. It's not used in an old fashioned way just to search within online debate forums to check on far-fetched information anymore. It enables you to watch your favorite series anytime, contact people around the globe in seconds, and even lets you inform your loved ones that you're fine in emergency cases; you name the rest.

One of the world leaders that take the issue very seriously for their country is Justin Trudeau, giving his word for providing 98 percent of Canadians with high-speed internet by 2026.

Following the launch of the $1.75 billion universal broadband fund in a conference held in Ottawa, it was declared by Rural Economic Development Minister Maryam Monsef that the government's plan was to apply the new plan in March, just before the pandemic took the world by storm.


As a big part of the fund, around $150 million will take on the "High-Speed Access for All: Canada's Connectivity Strategy" to get Canadian communities to access high-speed internet by 2021's fall.

"Good reliable internet isn't a luxury. It's a basic service," Trudeau said. "Now more than ever, a video chat cutting out during a meeting or a connection that's too slow to upload a school assignment — that's not just a hassle, that's a barrier."

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The internet speed, as it is expected, is not functioning at the same pace for every area in the country. Josh Tabish, a corporate communications manager at the Canadian Internet Registration Authority, indicated that his team has been on the lookout to spot the communities with the slowest internet rates. 

After the rate identification process ends, the new system applications will be reviewed until Jan. 15, 2021 and the projects will be completed by November 2021.

"Good reliable internet isn't a luxury. It's a basic service," Trudeau added.