Ninety-five per cent of Laval and Outaouais residents used the internet at least once a week in 2018.
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Ninety-one per cent of Quebec adults had a residential internet connection with a telecommunications provider in 2018, with the highest proportion of residents online — 96 per cent — being found in Laval.The survey of Quebec’s regions, conducted by CEFRIO, a non-profit firm mandated by the provincial government to promote the conversion to digital technologies, found that two per cent of Quebecers are connected to the internet via a shared connection on their smartphone. That type of connection was most common in the Côte-Nord, Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine and Abitibi-Témiscamingue regions.In 2018, 92 per cent of Quebecers used the internet at least once a week — an increase of three per cent compared with 2017. Laval and the Outaouais region led the province in that category, with 95 per cent of their residents logging on at least once a week. The only region where once-a-week internet use was under 90 per cent was the Bas-Saint-Laurent, which reported 86 per cent.While two out of three adult Quebecers owned a smartphone in 2017, that proportion increased to three out of four (76 per cent) in 2018. Tablet use remained stable in 2018, with 55 per cent of Quebec adults saying they owned one. The Côte-Nord led the province in that category, with a rate of 62 per cent.Online shopping also caught on with more Quebecers: 47 per cent said they completed an online transaction in 2018, compared with 39 per cent in 2017. Online purchases seemed most popular in the Quebec City region (52 per cent), the Eastern Townships (52 per cent), Abitibi-Témiscamingue (55 per cent) and the Outaouais (55 per cent). The rest of the province’s regions reported online shopping rates between 35 and 49 per cent.The average value of online purchases increased to $293 in 2018 from $280 a year earlier.Related