Want to close Canada’s digital divide? Grow the sector’s funding ecosystem

Why It Matters

COVID-19 has exposed just how important an internet connection is to people’s lives, but the funding ecosystem for digital access projects is in its infancy. The digital divide remains stubbornly wide: in rural communities, just four in 10 Canadians have access to high-speed internet. If philanthropists want to help close the gap, digital philanthropy will have to grow exponentially in Canada.

Community-level internet projects can help close the digital divide – here’s what’s needed

Why It Matters

COVID-19 has exposed the depth of Canada’s digital divide, but major telecom companies lack the incentives to reach remote communities and vulnerable populations. Without more locally-driven solutions, digital equity advocates say millions of Canadians will continue to lack the “basic right” to a reliable internet connection.

The digital divide has reached emergency status, experts say

Why It Matters

The COVID-19 pandemic is requiring many essential services, from healthcare to education, to shift online. When communities don’t have equal internet access, they are effectively cut off. Digital inequity is a long-standing issue, but experts say it’s now an emergency.

5 tips on going digital from the CEO of the world's first and only tech non-profit accelerator

Why It Matters

With 82 percent of social impact organizations digitizing some or all of their services, many organizations cancelling fundraising events, and a massive drop in donations, Canada’s social impact sector is facing a reckoning. Fast Forward founder and CEO Shannon Farley shares five ways non-profits can use tech to support their beneficiaries and scale their impact.

How a leading mental healthcare organization transitioned to digital

Why It Matters

Health Canada estimates that 11 million Canadians are experiencing high levels of stress, and close to 2 million are experiencing traumatic stress in the wake of COVID-19. The mental healthcare sector is working on overdrive to keep up, by reaching clients digitally — and overcoming some major challenges to do so. All frontline organizations can learn from this organization’s successful pivot to digital service delivery.