Table 2 
Selected activities of home Internet users,1 by location of residence,2 Canada, 2007

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Urban
Rural
Urban : Rural
% of home users performing activity
Ratio
Communication
Email
92.6
89.2
1.0
Using an instant messenger
50.2
48.5
1.0
Communicating with Canadian government
25.8
24.5
1.1
Contribute content (blogging, discussion groups, photos)
21.2
16.5
1.3
Make telephone calls over the Internet
9.6
5.2
1.8
Local information
Obtaining weather reports or road conditions
69.3
71.4
1.0
Viewing the news or sports
65.5
56.6
1.2
Researching community events
46.0
37.1
1.2
Financial information
Online banking or bill payment
63.9
56.7
1.1
Researching investments
26.7
20.5
1.3
Other information
Travel information or making travel arrangements
67.8
59.2
1.1
Searching for medical or health-related information
59.4
55.2
1.1
Searching for Canadian government information
52.5
46.9
1.1
Job search
34.4
23.9
1.4
Education
Education, training or school work
51.4
41.8
1.2
Leisure
General browsing for fun or leisure (surfing)
75.8
76.5
1.0
Obtaining or saving music
45.7
39.4
1.2
Playing games
38.0
41.0
0.9
Listening to radio over the Internet
29.2
23.5
1.2
Downloading or watching television or movies
21.9
13.8
1.6
1. This table covers individuals aged 16 and older who said they used the Internet from home for personal use in the 12 months preceding the survey.
2. 'Urban' is defined as consisting of all Census Metropolitan Areas (CMA) and Census Agglomerations (CA). 'Rural' is simply the complement (for example, Non-Census Metropolitan Areas (Non-CMA)/Non Census Agglomerations (Non-CA)).
Data source: Statistics Canada, Canadian Internet Use Survey, 2007.
Table source: Statistics Canada, Connectedness Series, 2008, Catalogue no. 56F0004M, no. 16.