Statistics Canada reports that the average internet user in Canada was on the internet in 2013, an increase of nearly 3.5 million people since the year before.
According to Statistics Canada, internet users accounted for just over a quarter of all internet users in Canada in 2013.
According the government, the increase was mainly due to the expansion of mobile devices and social media, but also a growing number of people who are accessing the internet from their mobile devices.
The report notes that the number of Canadians accessing the web from mobile devices increased by almost 30 percent from 2012 to 2013, while the number accessing the site from their computer grew by almost 60 percent.
In addition to the growth in internet usage, the report notes a number of factors have contributed to the increase.
The increase in internet access is primarily attributed to the introduction of mobile phones, and also to the popularity of social media in general.
Statistics Canada notes that online media and social networks are now considered essential for a successful digital business, and are increasingly used to connect with potential customers and attract new business partners.
According a recent study conducted by consulting firm WPP Canada, nearly two-thirds of Canadians believe that the Internet is “at a crossroads,” and that their internet experience will continue to change in the coming years.
The government also noted that the overall average internet speed in Canada increased by 13.7 percent from 2010 to 2013.
However, as noted above, internet usage grew by nearly 30 percent.