The internet has become a necessity. Everyday, Torontonians use it to access government services, from parking to housing. Kids use it to take classes and do their school work. And we all use it to stay in touch with our friends, families, and communities, here and afar.
But according to a 2021 study, 34% of households in Toronto reported having difficulty making their monthly internet bills. The majority of those struggling to make their payments are low-income, newcomer, single parent, and Black and racialized Torontonians.
We must create a city where we can all belong by not deepening the digital divide, but by closing it.
Toronto needs local, affordable, accessible access to broad-band internet. ConnectTO is moving us in the right direction through free accessible wifi. We need access across the City, starting with our City’s own buildings, plazas, and transit.
That's why I am working with my council colleagues, city staff, and long-term advocates, like ACORN, TTCRiders, and Progress Toronto, to make sure we are fulfilling this mandate.
Can we count on your support?