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Lack of relevant content, skills keeps seniors offline: StatsCan report

News | 09/06/2001 4:00 am EDT

Statistics Canada is warning that a digital divide between younger Canadians and seniors using the Internet could set back the government’s Connecting Canadians and Government Online initiatives. Late last month, the bureau released a detailed breakdown of seniors’ online usage taken from the broad General Social Survey conducted in 2000. The report indicates that only 13 per cent of older people – 614,000 Canadians – had used the Internet in the previous year, with even lower incidences of usage among older women and lower-income and less-educated seniors.

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