93% of Quebec adults have an Internet connection at home
A total of 93 per cent of Quebec adults had an Internet connection at home with a telecommunications provider in 2018, according to data revealed by CEFRIO on Wednesday.
The Laval region is particularly notable for having a home connection rate of 97 per cent (96 per cent from a residential Internet connection and 1 per cent from mobile sharing). The Capitale-Nationale region is at 94 percent (92 percent residential and 2 percent mobile), ranked third, behind Lanaudière, at 96 percent (93 percent residential and 3 percent mobile).
The digital portrait of the administrative regions of Quebec from 2018 published by CEFRIO also indicates that for Quebec as a whole, 2 per cent of adults have an Internet connection at home thanks to a connection sharing from a mobile device. This type of connection is more numerous in the Côte-Nord (8 per cent), Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine (5 per cent) and Abitibi-Témiscamingue (5 per cent) regions.
In 2018, 92 per cent of Quebec adults used the Internet at least once a week, an increase of 3 percentage points compared to 2017. The Laval and Outaouais regions stand out in this category, at 95 per cent. Only one region – Bas-Saint-Laurent – is below 90 per cent, at 86 per cent.
While in 2017, two in three Quebec adults had a smart phone, the proportion rose to three out of four (76 per cent) in 2018.
The appeal of electronic tablets remained stable in 2018: more than half (55 per cent) of Quebec adults had one. The Côte-Nord, followed closely by Laval, leads the way in this area, with a utilization rate of 62 percent.
E-commerce is also becoming more and more popular in Quebec: 39 per cent of cyber-shoppers in Quebec in 2017, the rate rose to 47 per cent in 2018. The Capitale-Nationale (52 per cent) ), Estrie (52 per cent), Abitibi-Témiscamingue (55 per cent) and Outaouais (55 per cent) have surpassed 50 per cent of online shoppers, with all other regions percent and 49 percent.
The provincial average value of the monthly shopping basket increased from $ 280 to $ 293 for Québec as a whole.