Statistics Canada released its Household Expenditures Research Paper Series #1 in January, 2014. The report includes expenditure data from their 2012 Survey of Household Spending. Communications expenditures included cell phone and Internet use. These statistics were gathered from a sample of 17,557 households in 10 provinces.
Cell Phone Data
- 81.4% of Canadian households reported having at least one cell phone in their home (up from 79.4% in 2011).
- Alberta has the highest number of households with a cell phone at 90.1%, while Quebec has the lowest at 72.8%.
- 15% of Canadian households use only a cell phone in their home with no landline phone (up from 12.8% in 2011).
Mobile penetration in Canada has been rapid in the past couple of years, to a point that 2012 data isn’t much of an indicator of today’s cell phone use.
- 84.1% of Canadians have a computer in their home (holding steady with 2011 computer ownership at 84.5).
- 81.5% of households have Internet access (up from 80.5% in 2011).
- Canadian households in the West are more likely to have home Internet access, lead by Alberta at 87.3% and British Columbia at 84.3%.
- Canadian households in the East had the lowest rate of home Internet connection, with Prince Edward Island being the least likely at 75%, followed by New Brunswick at 76.6%.
- 3.7% use regular “dial up” phone Internet access (down from 5.2% in 2011).
- 27.5% use high-speed phone Internet access (down from 30.4% in 2011).
- 36.8% use cable Internet access (up from 35.4% in 2011).
- 13.3% use a wireless Internet connection (up from 8.1% in 2011).
We expect the scales to tip significantly towards wireless connections when more recent data is released.
Source: Statistics Canada User Guide for the Survey of Household Spending, 2012
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