Plan for Canada’s digital future unveiled

The new Digital Canada 150 plan was revealed this week by the Canadian Government outlining its initiatives for the country’s digital future.

The plan, unveiled by Industry Minister James Moore, is based on 250 submissions that were received from Canadians that then registered and participated in online consultations held over three months in 2010.

Comprised of 39 new initiatives, Digital Canada 150 includes goals such as over 98 percent of Canadian having access to high-speed internet at 5 megabits per second, secure online transactions, wireless roaming rates are to be capped and also putting focus on promotion of Canadian content.

“We now live in a digital world. What connects us today are the Internet and new technologies that have created tremendous opportunities for Canadians to communicate with each other and businesses to compete globally. Our government’s top priorities are jobs and economic growth. Digital Canada 150 is a plan to take full advantage of the digital economy as we celebrate our 150th anniversary in 2017. It’s the next step to build our nation and connect Canadians to each other,” said Industry Minister James Moore.

The government will be providing $305 million to extend high-speed internet services for 280,000 households in rural and remote areas.  $36 million in funding will also be provided under Digital Canada 150 to repair and donate computers to public libraries, not-for-profit organizations and Aboriginal communities.

Later this year on 1 July 2014 Canada’s anti-spam law will also come into effect.

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