The digital divide is about more than the lack of internet infrastructure in rural parts of Canada. It includes gaps in every corner of Canada in internet and device affordability, quality and digital literacy. These divides are tied to socioeconomic factors leaving some communities in Canada more disconnected than others.
How can federal, provincial, territorial, municipal and Indigenous governments advance policy solutions for full digital inclusion? What community and industry programs and policies can help to close these divides?
We explored these challenges and looked to advance concrete solutions in the Overcoming Digital Divides Workshop Series with Ryerson Leadership Lab, Brookfield Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the First Nations Technology Council.
In these six workshops, we highlighted digital divides across Canada, in hopes that by recognizing the interrelated issues of internet access, adoption and quality and workshopping solutions, we can work together to shape our technology governance and digital policies.
Identifying who is excluded from digital services and what we can do about it is the first step to unraveling the deep inequities that fuel and sustain digital gaps across Canada.
Read a short framing paper put together by our partners that lays out the context, evidence and importance of these discussions: