Digital Future Survey: The Parties Respond

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How do the federal political parties plan to make Internet access in Canada more affordable and more accessible?

If elected, who in Ottawa will side with Canadians and who will allow the CRTC to continue to favour Big Telecom?

To help the pro-Internet community answer these questions sent all the major federal parties a Digital Future Survey. All parties, except for the Conservative Party, responded.

Here’s what we did:

  1. We asked the federal parties to outline their vision for Canada’s digital future.
  2. We asked each party to rate’s Digital Future policy recommendations. You’ll find the rating beside each party represented by a wifi signal graphic. The full recommendations can be found in detail at the bottom of this report.
  3. We asked local politicians to sign up as pro-Internet candidates by committing to increase Internet access, competition, transparency, and choice if elected. You’ll find a bar under each party representing the number pro-Internet candidates each party signed up.

We hope these three metrics together will help give Canadians a good indication of which parties are most likely to help end price-gouging and increase Internet market competition.

On May 2nd encourage everyone you know who uses the Internet to VOTE for Canada’s digital future.

Note: The responses in this version have been edited for brevity and accessibility. The full responses to our all-party Digital Future survey can be found at:


Digital Future Recommendations

The following recommendations were derived from a forth-coming research report produced by Besides’s research and analysis, the recommendations were developed through in-person consultations with hundreds of Canadians in several cities, an online consultation, and input from academic experts. Many of the policy recommendations below have been demonstrated to work in countries that have successfully restructured their telecommunication markets after facing similar challenges to those faced in Canada.