Affordable High-Speed Internet for Low-Income Seniors and Families in 2022

Lisa C. Seniors, Updates

The Government of Canada has partnered with Canadian internet companies to provide affordable high-speed internet for low-income seniors and families starting in 2022.

This is done through the  Connecting Families initiative. The previous Internet plan offering under Connecting Families 1.0 will also remain available when the new phrase 2.0 rolls out.

About the New Phase 2.0:
  • The Connecting Families  2.0 is introducing significantly faster speeds and increasing the data usage amount.
  • At 50/10 megabits per second (Mbps), the download and upload speeds will be five and ten times faster respectively than Connecting Families 1.0, with 200 GB of data usage for $20 a month.
  • 2.0 will also broaden eligibility from families receiving the maximum Canada Child Benefit (CCB) to include low-income seniors.

Access CommunicationsBell CanadaCogecoCSURHay CommunicationsMorningtonNovusRogersSaskTelTbaytelTELUSVidéotron and Westman Communications are all participating in offering improved Internet quality, coverage and price to eligible Canadians.

Eligible households will receive a letter from the Government of Canada. This letter will contain an access code that is needed to sign up for Connecting Families through a secure online portal.

More information: https://www.canada.ca/en/innovation-science-economic-development/news/2021/08/affordable-high-speed-internet-for-low-income-seniors-and-families.html

Frequently asked questions: Connecting Families: Frequently asked questions: Connecting Families – Connecting Families (ic.gc.ca)

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