Internet Speed and Performance

How does your Internet service measure up? Join our project to find out!

Ever wondered how well your Internet service performs? We’re measuring the speeds and other characteristics of broadband Internet services to Canadian homes, and you’re invited to participate. Learn more about the broadband measurement project and find out how your Internet service measures up.

About Internet speed

Internet service providers (ISPs) design and build networks using high-speed broadband technology to deliver fast Internet access to Canadians.

When marketing their high-speed services, ISPs often differentiate themselves from competitors by advertising maximum Internet speeds in megabits per second (Mbps).

While this information can be helpful, it can also leave consumers wondering:

  • What is an acceptable broadband speed?
  • What speed am I getting?
  • How is broadband performance measured?

Broadband performance testing, although not designed to answer all these questions, can help consumers better understand any possible differences between different ISPs’ service offerings.

Learn about our performance testing at How does your Internet service measure up?

How fast is fast?

The CRTC recognizes that a well-developed broadband infrastructure is essential for Canadians to participate in the digital economy.

As a result, the CRTC is setting up a fund to help ensure minimum service levels for broadband Internet access across Canada (Telecom Regulatory Policy CRTC 2016-496). By the end of 2021, 90% of Canadian homes and businesses should have access to broadband speeds of at least:

  • 50 Mbps for downloads (data that consumers are receiving from the Internet, including files, web sites, pictures, music, and movies)
  • 10 Mbps for uploads (data that consumers are sending to the Internet)

The CRTC expects this target will be met through a combination of the new CRTC funding mechanism, private investments, government funding and public-private partnerships.

For more information . . .

To learn more about broadband Internet services in Canada, see:

  • 2016 Communications Monitoring Report: This annual CRTC report provides a variety of Internet metrics. Section 5.3, Internet sector and broadband availability, is an overview of broadband services and the Internet access industry in Canada.

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