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Connected Canadians: eCommerce and Internet Use Statistics ©

With probably the largest sample size in Canada (approximately 22,615 individuals aged 16+), Statistics Canada’s data provides us with a reasonably accurate look at Internet usage and online shopping. Their Internet usage and eCommerce statistics for 2012 were released October 28th, 2013. The last survey was conducted in 2010. Growth is evident in virtually all categories, with losses explained by natural technical evolution.

Snapshot of Canadians Online

Provincial Canadian Internet use statistics:

  1. British Columbia 87%
  2. Alberta 85%
  3. Ontario 84%
  4. Manitoba 83%
  5. Saskatchewan 82%
  6. Quebec 81%
  7. Prince Edward Island 80%
  8. Nova Scotia 79%
  9. New Brunswick 77%
  10. Newfoundland and Labrador 77%

Metro areas above the national average for Internet use:

  1. Kelowna, British Columbia 93%
  2. Regina, Saskatchewan 90%
  3. Victoria, British Columbia 90%
  4. Calgary, Alberta 89%
  5. Vancouver, British Columbia 88%
  6. Toronto, Ontario 88%
  7. Montréal, Quebec 84%

Online Shopping in Canada

Strong preference for shopping Canadian:

Top 20 products and services purchased online by Canadians:

  1. Travel (hotel reservations, travel tickets, rental cars, etc.) 58%
  2. Event tickets (concerts, movies, sports, etc.) 52%
  3. Clothing, jewellery or accessories 42%
  4. Books, magazines, online newspapers 42%
  5. Music (CD, MP3, etc.) 35%
  6. Memberships or registration fees (health clubs, tuition, online television subscriptions, etc.) 35%
  7. Software 24%
  8. Other 24%
  9. Consumer electronics (cameras, stereos, televisions, DVD players, etc.) 22%
  10. Videos or DVDs 22%
  11. Toys and games 21%
  12. Food or beverages (specialty foods or wine, food delivery, etc.) 18%
  13. Gift certificates or gift cards 17%
  14. Photographic services 15%
  15. Computer hardware 15%
  16. Health or beauty products (vitamins, cosmetics, etc.) 15%
  17. House wares (large appliances, furniture, etc.) 12%
  18. Sports equipment 11%
  19. Home improvement or gardening supplies 7%
  20. Prescription drugs or products (glasses, contacts, etc.) 6%

Online Communication in Canada

What are Canadians Doing Online?

  1. Using Email 93%
  2. Window shopping or browsing for information about goods or services 77%
  3. Electronic banking (bill payments, viewing statements, money transfers) 72%
  4. Visiting news websites 71%
  5. Visiting social media websites 67%
  6. Medical or health-related research 67%
  7. Travel research or making travel arrangements 66%
  8. Visiting or interacting with government websites 63%
  9. Checking out community events 58%
  10. Downloading or watching video online 54%
  11. Downloading or listening to music (free or paid downloads) 50%
  12. Calling people using online telecommunications (VoIP) 43%
  13. Instant messaging 40%
  14. Downloading or watching TV online 39%
  15. Tuning in to a radio station 38%
  16. Downloading software (free or paid downloads) 38%
  17. Formal education, training or homework 37%
  18. Job searching 36%
  19. Playing games 35%
  20. Researching investments 27%
  21. Contributing content or commentary (blogging, forums, image sharing, etc.) 24%
  22. Selling goods or services (auction sites, Amazon, etc.) 23%

Mobile Surfing in Canada

We bring you a lot of Canadian statistics with much smaller sample sizes, virtually all of which reflect the data from Statistics Canada. The Internet and all it offers is clearly growing in popularity, which brings countless opportunities to Canadian entrepreneurs, individual sellers, and affiliate marketers. Taking your business and marketing online is no longer just an option to improve your bottom line or increase exposure. It has become a critical, strategic way to stay in business in a connected society.

How do you plan to leverage the Internet? Please share your strategies or questions in the comments below.

Source: Statistics Canada

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