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Access to internet in rural and remote Canada

Ronquillo, Charlene; Currie, Leanne M.; Currie, Leanne; Ronquillo, Charlene Esteban; Dick, Tania

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Charlene Ronquillo

Leanne M. Currie

Leanne Currie

Charlene Esteban Ronquillo

Tania Dick


Kaija Saranto

Charlotte Weaver

Polun Chang


Canada is the second largest landmass country in the world, but has one of the lowest population densities. As of 2011, approximately 19% of the Canadian population lives in rural, or remote communities. The purpose of this study was to examine differences in rural and urban access to the Internet and device use in Canada, and to explore differences in access to broadband between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities in Canada. In general rural-dwellers had lower levels of Internet access and despite efforts to increase access to high speed Internet, Aboriginal communities in some regions have limited access. Future research should explore computer and health literacy in the context of rural and remote communities in Canada. © 2014 The authors and IOS Press.


Ronquillo, C., Currie, L. M., Currie, L., Ronquillo, C. E., & Dick, T. (2014). Access to internet in rural and remote Canada. Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, 201, 407-412.

Journal Article Type Conference Paper
Publication Date Jan 1, 2014
Deposit Date Mar 17, 2016
Publicly Available Date Mar 17, 2016
Journal Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
Print ISSN 0926-9630
Electronic ISSN 1879-8365
Publisher IOS Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 201
Pages 407-412
Series Title Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
Book Title Nursing Informatics 2014
ISBN 9781614994145
Keywords digital divide, access to information, internet
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