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Canadian Internet Use Survey: Public use microdata file, 2018

Released: 2020-09-08

The Canadian Internet Use Survey - Public Use Microdata File (PUMF) for the 2018 reference period is now available. Data were collected from November 2018 to March 2019 from approximately 13,800 individual residents of Canada 15 years of age and older, living in the 10 provinces.

The file provides information on a wide range of Internet-related topics such as household access to the Internet, activities done on the Internet, use of online government services, use of social networking websites or apps, smartphone use, digital skills, e-commerce, online work, and security, privacy and trust as it relates to the Internet. As well, it includes information on the reasons why Canadians don't use various digital technologies and online services. It also provides information on the socio-demographic, income and labour force characteristics of the population.

  Note to readers

The initial results from the 2018 Canadian Internet Use Survey were released in The Daily on October 29, 2019. Data were also featured in the infographics "How are Canadians staying connected?" and "How are Canadians spending online?"—part of the series Statistics Canada - Infographics (Catalogue number11-627-M)—and a data visualization product "Canadian Internet Use Survey Data Visualization Tool," part of Statistics Canada - Data Visualization Products (Catalogue number71-607-X).


The product Canadian Internet Use Survey - Public Use Microdata File, 2018 (Catalogue number56M0003X), is now available upon request. This product is provided using Statistics Canada's electronic file transfer service.

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