The Canada Chapter is actively engaging important players involved with all aspects of the internet.

We bring together thought leaders to develop positions on proposed Canadian legislation that affects the affordability, accessibility, fairness and security of the internet. We provide resources to educate our members and provide opportunities for all voices to be heard.

While it may seem like a simple question, defining the Internet isn’t easy. Because unlike any other technology, the Internet can be whatever we make it. We can shape it. We can mold it. But most importantly, we can use it to connect people, communities, and countries around the world.

The Internet Society-Canada Chapter is focused on advocating for an affordable, fair and secure internet for Canadians. Bridging the digital divide to ensure all Canadians can reap the economic and social benefits the internet can provide.

Unlike the telephone network, which for years in most countries was run by a single company, the global Internet consists of tens of thousands of interconnected networks run by service providers, individual companies, universities, governments, and others. Open standards enable this network of networks to communicate. This makes it possible for anyone to create content, offer services, and sell products without requiring permission from a central authority.

The Internet ecosystem is made of many organizations and communities that help the Internet work and evolve. The rapid and continued development and adoption of Internet technologies can be attributed to the involvement of a broad range of people and organizations; open, transparent, and collaborative processes; and the use of products and infrastructure with dispersed ownership and control.

How we do it

Policy Committee calls provide monthly calls for internet thought leaders from our membership convene to discuss important topics of the day. From these calls position papers are developed. They are a robust discussion with Canada’s leading voices on internet safety, security, openness, and access. These policy positions are communicated to government, our membership and stakeholders.

Roundtable Discussions
Bringing together diverse voices to discuss important issues and grow our network.

A deeper dive into specific topics bringing together experts from government, private sector and civil society.

Meet ups
A monthly opportunity for our membership in the National Capital Region to raise a glass in an informal setting and meet face to face. There is no set agenda but allows for informal discussion on topics of the day and networking.

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So many of us take Internet access for granted, and we don’t see how important and transformative it can be. This is a great video that shows the impact the @internetsociety's work has.


This Native community built its own broadband network after years without reliable internet access — here’s what it means to residents

The work of #BTLR chair Janet Yale turned out to be more time-consuming, complicated than the gov't initially planned for, an ATIPed memo shows 🔒:

We have to start treating access to the internet as a public good, for the same reasons way we treat roads this way. Re your snow removal question and waste, that's a question of accountability - voters need to hold their officials to account for efficiency/cost of service.

Mr. Nino D'Avolio@Nino_DAvolio

@MichelleRempel What's your recommendation for our lowly populated areas given our geography? In Toronto we can't get consistent snow, ice removal in the suburbs, over passes. Wasteful spending, higher taxes doesn't seem to resolve issues.

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    2nd Annual Digital Access Day

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