There is a newfound urgency to improve digital equity within Canada.
Indeed, a recent study by the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) showed that the pandemic drove the digital divide of the country even further and had made it even harder to engage Canadians on urgent social issues. It has then become a priority to bridge this gap and improve digital equality and diversity.
As a result, some companies and foundations have started to focus on their digital solutions to address the digital divide. Yet, funding for community groups leading digital development projects is still very inaccessible and the commitment from funders to provide funds for digital equity is slow.
CIRA has made it clear that the country needs additional resources to resolve the digital equity problem as well as the opportunity to develop a community of practice and shared vision to bridge the gap.