Join us on Tuesday, September 24 in Ottawa and online via Zoom for a conversation about digital connectivity across Canada.  

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With broadband coverage on target to connect 100 per cent of Canadians to high-speed internet by 2030, some may believe that Canada is close to claiming success in bridging the digital divide — but gaps remain. 

Indigenous and northern communities are still behind the rest of Canada in terms of the availability of internet at speeds needed to take full advantage of essential services such as health care, education and remote work. Low-income Canadians also struggle to afford the technology and internet plans needed to participate in the digital economy, including government services and information, banking, health care, education and employment. To overcome these gaps, governments should pursue new approaches that address the needs of underserved communities and improve the affordability of the internet. 

Our panellists are Ian Scott, former chairperson of the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC); Bill Murdoch, executive director of Clear Sky Connections; and Elisha Ram, Senior Assistant Deputy Minister of Employment and Social Development Canada’s Income Security and Social Development Branch. IRPP president and CEO Jennifer Ditchburn will moderate the conversation, which will be followed by a Q&A period with our in-person and virtual audiences.  

The conversation will touch on Ian Scott’s IRPP research paper, Conquering the Next Frontier in Bridging the Digital Divide. The event is the third in a three-part IRPP lecture and research publication series, Imagining a Better Digital Future for Canada, sponsored by TELUS.  




Date and time
September 24, 2024
12:00 p.m. (11:30 a.m. for in-person registration)
Impact Hub Ottawa, 123 Slater St., 7th Floor
Event Type
Panel Discussion
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