With the COVID-19 pandemic on-going, telecommunications service providers in Canada and their essential workers have been working to keep the nation connected. The new normal has forced Canadians to rely on these services for school, work, healthcare, and finances. This is why the Government of Canada deployed some ways to help reduce the costs of some of the most widely-used wireless plans by 25 per cent over the next two years, increasing competition to provide high quality products, and tracking the progress of this initiative.
Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, Navdeep Bains announced the publication of the first set of pricing for wireless data for 2 GB to 6 GB plans from February to June 2020. The government will continue to monitor prices and wireless pricing on these plans will be updated moving forward every quarter.
“Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have engaged with Canada’s telecom service providers to ensure they can continue to provide the services that we all rely on to stay connected,” said Minister Bains. “I want to thank them, along with their essential workers, for the actions they have taken. From waiving home Internet overage fees to maintaining, repairing and upgrading their networks, they have helped support Canadians during this difficult time. In that same spirit, our government is optimistic that it can continue working with the big three providers to reduce the cost of mid-range wireless services by 25 per cent over the next two years. The tracker launched today will help monitor progress toward this goal.”
Over the next two years, three major wireless providers will be offering 25 per cent cheaper plans in the 2 GB and 6 GB range. If these are not offered to citizens within the timeframe set, the Government will be looking at other regulatory means to increase competition in the marketplace and reduce prices.
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