Québec, March 27, 2014 – In 2012, the Internet usage rate by Quebecers age 16 and older was 80.7% (Canada 83.4%). This represents a 4.8 percentage point increase compared with the last edition of the survey in 2010 (75.9%). These results are featured in the March issue of the S@voir.stat bulletin, published by the Institut de la statistique du Québec, using data from Statistics Canada’s 2012 Canadian Internet Use Survey (CIUS).
Québec stood in sixth place of Canadian provinces
In 2012, British Columbia was the province with the largest Internet usage rate (86.8%), followed by Alberta (85.3%), Ontario (84.4%), Manitoba (83.2%) and Saskatchewan (82.4%). Conversely, the lowest proportions of Internet users were in the Atlantic provinces: Prince Edward Island (80.3%), Nova Scotia (79.3%), New Brunswick (77.0%) and Newfoundland and Labrador (76.9%).
Quebecers spent $3.1 billion online
More than half of Québec Internet users engaged in e-commerce in 2012 (53.5%).In total, they made 30.0 million orders and spent $3.1 billion online. This phenomenon has increased since 2010: that year, Quebecers made $19.3 million orders and spent $2.45 billion online.
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