More than one in four Canadians (27 per cent) have no access to the internet at all, according to a new study from the Globe and Mail.
About half (50 per cent of Canadians) said they would be more likely to have to pay for internet service if it was regulated like a utility.
The findings come as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is seeking a second mandate to enact a new law that would establish an Internet Tax, similar to those in some other countries.
It would allow internet service providers to collect a fee from internet users based on their usage and then distribute that amount among them.
While a national price tag hasn’t been determined, the federal government has previously suggested it could be as low as $10 a month.
The report found that most Canadians (79 per cent), including the vast majority of women, do not have access to internet service at all.
The Globe and the Mail surveyed 1,000 Canadians between March and April 2017 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.
The study was funded by the Canada Council of Senior Citizens.