Internet Use in Small Town and Rural Canada

According to a new study released in Statistics Canada’s Rural and Small Town Canada Analysis Bulletin, people living in rural and small town Canada have lower rates of Internet use than those people living in urban areas.

Highlights of the study:

  • In 2005, only 58% of people living in rural areas and small towns used the Internet, well below the national average.
  • The odds of a person living in a city using the Internet for personal, non-business reasons are about one-and-a-half times those of someone from a rural area or small town.
  • Geographic location has an independent influence on Internet use after controlling for other factors, such as age, education and income.


  1. Geographic influence! The negative influence on rural internet use is speed of connectivity.

    As a rural Albertan who until recently, only had access to dial-up at 24.4 KBPS (yes that IS slower than my first at home urban connection in 1993 – before there were pictures)I can assure everyone that it is hardly ever worth the effort to use the Internet unless you can get a decent connection.