The number of Canadians who used online technology to make phone or video calls nearly doubled from 2010 to 2012, Statistics Canada said. StatsCan said in a release Monday that the number of Canadians who used services such as Microsoft Corp.-owned Skype or Apple Inc.’s FaceTime to make phone or video calls over the Internet rose from 24 per cent in 2010 to 43 per cent in 2012. More Canadians also consumed television and film content online: 39 per cent reported watching TV online, up from 33 per cent in 2010, while 54 per cent “downloaded or watched movies or video clips online,” an increase from 47 per cent in 2010, StatsCan said. Overall Internet usage also rose in that period, with 83 per cent of Canadians reporting using the Internet “for personal use from any location” in 2012, up from 80 per cent in 2010. The rate of Internet users who accessed the Internet using wireless handheld devices, such as cellphones and tablets, was 58 per cent, rising from 33 per cent in 2010, according to StatsCan. British Columbia had the highest rate of Internet users, at 87 per cent, while Newfoundland and Labrador and New Brunswick had the lowest rates, at 77 per cent. Wealthier households were more likely to be Internet users, with 62 per cent of individuals in the lowest income quartile reporting using the Internet, it said, compared to 95 per cent of those living in households with the highest income quartile. The survey was based on responses from 22,615 individuals 16 years of age and older and was conducted in October and November 2012.