When the initiative launches later in the fall of 2018, eligible families will be able to access high speed Internet service packages for $10 per month from participating Internet Service Providers.
Our participation builds on the work of our low-cost high speed internet program Connected for Success. Launched in 2013, Rogers partners with non-proﬁt housing organizations across our Cable footprint in Ontario, New Brunswick and Newfoundland for rent-geared-to-income and subsidized tenants.
What is Connecting Families?
Connecting Families will help bridge the digital divide for low-income Canadian families who may struggle to aﬀord access to home Internet. Participating internet providers, including Rogers, Bell, Cogeco, SaskTel, Shaw, TELUS and Videotron, will voluntarily oﬀer discounted home Internet service to randomly selected families who currently receive the maximum Canada Child Benefit.
What will participants receive?
Rogers will oﬀer the same product as Connected for Success, which includes 10 Mbps download speed, 100 GB of data usage, a free installation and modem rental for $9.99/month + taxes.
How do I ﬁnd out if I qualify for Connecting Families?
Families who currently received a maximum Canada Child Benefit will be selected randomly to participate in this initiative. They will be contacted directly by the Government of Canada through a direct mail-out, starting at the launch of the initiative in November 2018. Instructions on how to apply for the program will be provided in the letter.
What are the eligibility criteria and how were they determined?
The initiative was designed to connect low-income families to the Internet. Rogers and the other participating ISPs are not responsible for determining eligibility and will not have access to any taxpayer information.
I am currently on Connected for Success, but I think I might qualify for Connecting Families as well, does my internet plan change?
No. If you are already receiving $9.99/month internet through Connected for Success, you can remain on that plan, no changes will appear on your monthly invoices.
For more information on the program, visit Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada’s FAQ.
Connected for Success provides high-speed internet access to people living in rent-subsidized non-profit housing. For more information, visit www.connectedforsuccess.ca.