Canadian seniors want to benefit from the digital revolution

Results of a new poll released this month by the .CA Community Investment Program and Ipsos Reid shatter the myth that the Internet only matters to young people and points to Canadian seniors’ desire to share in the benefits of the digital revolution.

In the .CA poll, 86 per cent of Canadians surveyed – including 90% of those over 55 and 87% of those caring for a parent over 65 – agree that providing better access to the Internet, along with training on how to use it, would help older Canadians stay better connected to their communities and families.

Other key findings from the .CA poll include:

  • 84% of respondents consider the Internet to be important to completing everyday tasks such as e-commerce, banking or accessing government services.
  • 77% of respondents regard the Internet as important to maintaining safety and security.
  • 57% of Canadians with a parent nearing retirement report that the Internet is “very important” to keeping in touch with family and friends.
  • 47% of those caring for a senior consider the Internet to be “very important” to maintaining safety and security (emergency contact, remote monitoring)

“With one in six Canadians now over the age of 65, this study confirms the urgency of supporting projects that connect Canada’s seniors with digital skills,” said David Fowler, Director of Marketing and Communications for .CA. “Investing in the Internet is critical to business and economic growth, but we also see benefits in keeping families, friends and communities connected.”

We couldn’t agree more.

Digital inclusion is a pillar of the Intelligent Community Forum’s core indicators for what makes an intelligent community – and Canadians of all ages deserve access to ultra-high-speed broadband.

For more details from the .CA and Ipsos Reid poll, please visit the Canadians Connected factsheet at the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA).