A new Statistics Canada study says two-thirds of Canadians used the Internet at least once a day in 2007, a slight increase in frequency from 2005. The study also found that less than half of Canadian Internet users reported spending five hours or more online in a given week in 2007. The number of users who spent more than five hours a week on the Internet was slightly less in 2005. Access to high-speed Internet was up eight per cent between 2005 and 2007, the study said. In 2007, 88 per cent of Canadian home-Internet users accessed the Internet with a high-speed connection. A previous Household Internet Use Survey found that access to a faster Internet connection did not necessarily lead to a higher level of engagement with the Internet. The study also examined activities online. In order of most popular to least popular, Internet activities were listed as: searching, communication, financial transactions, downloading, and e-government. The activity that increased the most between 2005 and 2007 was downloading. About 57 per cent of Internet users practised the activity in 2005 while 62 per cent of Canadian Internet users downloaded files online in 2007. The report recommended the government consider alternative ways to share information with the public. “Assumptions that all Canadians are engaged in online activities, or accessing online materials, are not supported by the analysis presented here, suggesting that alternative service delivery mechanisms remain an important consideration,” the report said.